Asked to remember names they’d heard on a recording, people who doodled while listening had better recall than those who didn’t. This suggests that a slightly distracting secondary task may actually improve concentration during the performance of dull tasks that would otherwise cause a mind to wander.

“People may doodle as a strategy to help themselves concentrate,” said study co-author Jackie Andrade, a University of Plymouth psychologist. “We might not be aware that we’re doing it, but it could be a trick that people develop because it helps them from wandering off into a daydream.”

Source: “A Sketchy Brain Booster: Doodling”, Wired

That makes complete sense to me!  🙂


Hats in Hanoi

February 17, 2009


Lots to blog about but for now, no time!

In the meantime, here’s a little doodle from Hanoi. 🙂

Found while spring cleaning

January 24, 2009


At the end of our last day in Sydney, A and I were wandering around the Rocks. We had just come out of our last meeting for the trip and were waiting to catch La Boheme at the Opera House. In a quirky little bookstore, I found this gorgeous series of black bird greeting cards. Each design had a beautiful tree and a pensive little black bird. I totally loved them but was too cheap to buy the set of cards so this *ahem* sketch is to remember the moment.

The perfection of Sydney in Spring. The satisfaction of a productive work trip. The enjoyment of new and old friends. The beauty of a brown-grey tree with purple-pink flowers.

(Picture painted on the plane on the way home from Sydney.)