Saturday, March 7, 2009

IF - Intricate


Hooray for doodling!

In a new study about to be published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, researchers have found that doodling can actually help you to pay attention and remember more tedious information. Why? Doodling, they reason, stops you from daydreaming, which takes up more cognitive resources than simply doodling. So when you daydream, you are less likely to pay attention or retain information. So doodle away. Make your notes intricate with squiggles and happy pictures and fluff. Read more about this study here.

Ok, I confess. I've never been a doodler. Not on my lecture notes, not on my meeting notes, not even on my grocery lists. I am a daydreamer. And that is why I tend to forget many things.

Except trivia. I have a head for trivia and bizarre facts.

72 comments:

Bella Sinclair said...

Bit of a stretch, eh?

Kassi Isaac said...

nice illustration very sweet-
maybe you doodle in your dreams? ( * day dreams) :P x kas

Björnik said...

Hey Bella! Not that way! You immediately followed up with a comment.hahaha

Oh I'm sorry, I have no manners. Dr. Sinclair, I have a question. What does Applied Cognitive Psychology mean?:P Waaahhhh! I knew it! Just as I imagined but without the tongue! You're brilliant! I love this sooo much!

HAHAHAHAHAHA! It's so cute! I can't stop looking at those trees. Maybe the ninja Ces is hiding up there.:P Better hide this, quick. Ces is going to draw over with foliage!

Caroline said...

Hi Bella! So glad to hear that doodling is good for you! I love your illustration - the pencil forest is wonderful and your little girl looks totally immersed in her intricate doodling! Lovely!

Renee said...

Bella this seems like another version of your good friend Ces's nightmare. Are the leaves their uniform.

Love Renee

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh holy freakazoid! It's late, and I'm tired, and my hands are covered in graphite. But I can't stop LAUGHING at your comments!

Bjornik, you're right. No foliage, Ninja Ces, nooooooo!

Renee! I can't believe you said that! Perversion is contagious, isn't it. ;)

Thank you, Kassi and Caroline, my two civilized friends.

messyfish said...

you sure do have ahead for bizarre facts...however you present them in a most entertaining manner! Yes, a bit of a stretch, but I am NOT complaining because I get to see another of your illustrations!!

Björnik said...

Hey Bella, wait! Can I have the leaves of my notebook back? I guess there's some kind of mistake here, your leaves are scattered all over my drawing!lol

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you, Messyfish. Sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode from all the useless facts.

Bjornik! Well, I guess that means you STOLE them from me. A-HA!

Emila Yusof said...

great and cute illo! I'm a daydreamer too and always forgot to do things.

Carole said...

This is a very interesting study and it is so true! Another fact when you doodle very often is that you pay more intention to visual aspects in daily life, in ads, movies etc. But daydreaming may be also a nice source of inspiration too :)

Ces said...
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Bella Sinclair said...

Ces, that will be $200. Your time is up. HA!

ArtSparker said...

What a lovely image - very fresh, the pencils as trees are wonderful.

Flying Colors said...

This actually might make those dreary lists a bit more fun!
You are so original and superb drawing of innovation... Luv it :-)

yoon see said...

Very beautiful and creative as always Bella.
Love the way you doodle, so free flow!
Thanks for your prompt reply, encouragement & inspiration as a dear friend.
Love,
Yoon See

Ces said...

HA! I have no money. I take my session back. I still love your drawing and as I said, you are the master of creative interpretations and I never have the ability to think of such classy and subtle representation.

esque said...

I'm gonna use that tidbit if I ever get reprimanded by the professor! I'm a doodler-daydreamer, so it works for me!

I love the pencil forest!

caren said...

I doodle anytime there is a pen/pencil and a piece of paper in front of me. I can't help myself, especially on the phone! However, I would stop doodling in a heartbeat if I could draw like you! Doodling has not helped my cognitive thinking. :(

Ces said...

Dear Bella,

I apologize for being so risque' and descriptive on my first comment, therefore I had to delete it. Sometimes I don't realize that young bloggers may be lurking. Please pardon my temporary loss of propriety. I promise I shall behave (yes, I do behave!).

Love,
Ces

aimee said...

you are my hero! you justified doodling with scientific research AND a brilliant illustration!

Bella Sinclair said...

Hehehe, Emila. Daydreamers unite!

Ah, nice point, Carole. Perhaps I should start doodling then.

ArtSparker and Lisa, I thank you.

Oh, Yoon See. Truth is, those doodles were forced. :)

Hahaha, esque. Yes, you should totally use that on your professor!

Caren, wow, that was sweet. Thank you. But don't despair about the doodling. There's not much worth remembering anyway.

Oh, Ces. Don't start behaving now. You breathe life into me.

Aimee, who needs justification when your doodles are so darn AWESOME?!

Ces said...

You are courting danger by asking me not to behave :D Those marching pencils look very scary. I notice some of them are thin and some are thick. I love their leaves! I am using a flat pencil now for sketching.

kj said...

not counting the sheep, which is my favorite of your illustrations of all time, this is my next favorite. the pencils comfort me for some reason: strong, upright, expressive, versatile, abundant. who knows? but you've given me full reign to doodle away, and i shall do just that.

btw, i like it when you mix your psych. and art skills, for the same reasons i like the pencils!!
:)

Draffin Bears said...

What an interesting study Bella.

I like to doodle if I am waiting on the telephone and daydreaming is good too.

Your little illustration is really cute.

Hugs
Carolyn

voz said...

Oh I so, so, so love those penciltreemonsterthings!

And hooray for scientific studies on doodling. Science rocks.

enigma said...

ooo i love this! so whimsical!

Peter Breese said...

Nice image, though I must say... who wants to remember tedious info? Not me, give me the exciting ADHD approved stuff!

Gail said...

Bella, I love your sense of humor.Great illo.

Bella Sinclair said...

Ces: bring it on, sistah, bring it on.

KJ, do not be lulled into a false sense of security by the pencil forest. You never know what may be lurking in there.

Thank you, Carolyn. Only on the telephone?

Hi, Voz! I totally agree. Science rocks. And only you would see the pencils as a type of monster. I love that!

Enigma, Gail, thank you so much.

Mr. Breese, HaHaHa! That explains a lot. :)

Dusik said...

i remember how at school my literature teacher was surprised to see that i was able to answer questions, and would remember the course pretty well, even though all i did was drawing... all kinds, girls, houses, flowers... that helped me concentrate on what she was saying. otherwise i was slipping into daydreaming..

and if not for this article i would have never known that it is actually... there was no other way for me! yay!

soulbrush said...

yes i agree, and the new buzz word for doodling seems to be 'zentangling'. happy if b.

Faruffa said...

wonderful wonderful wonderful, this is another magic illo Bella!!!

Holly said...

I love this! My daughter would be completely at home in a forest of pencils!

I think I'm more of a daydreamer too though I plan to let the doodling begin in ernest! ^-^!

Holly xoxo

kj said...

ha! the pencil forest will do me no harm, bella. if i'm cold, i will have wood. if i'm lonely, i can doodle. if i'm stiff, i can climb. if i gain weight, i can hide behind a thick pencil. and if i wish to smile, i will think of the imagination and talent of certain people...

so there!

Ais said...

Really? I din't know that... The doodle is really cute and you gave me the best idea ever. My husband always complains about my grocery list. You see, I am bilingual and I write half the list in English and half in Hindi. Next time, I'll draw my grocery list. I am sure that will be more interesting and easier to read.

Mam'zelle Roüge said...

Wow ! Beautiful illo. It's very cute, I adore :)

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Brian Lue Sang said...

I was doodling while I read this.

How odd though. Who would EVER think that doodling would 'better' your concentration? I guess it's not as rude as we perceive it to be, eh?

... you're doodling right now, aren't you?

Renee said...

It's just me on a Sunday afternoon at 3:27 letting you know that you and your art are wonderful things for the world.

Love Renee

Michael O'Connell said...

bella… your art is amazing as always… and I so love to read your narratives… i always learn something new!

Bella Sinclair said...

Hello, Dusik. Glad I could shed some light. This gives you free license to doodle away. How are those oil pastels?

Soulbrush! You know I adore your zentangles!

Faruffa, thank you so much.

Hooray, Holly! Another daydreamer. I wonder if I could force myself to become more of a doodler.

Haha, KJ. Well then, entrez-vous. But be careful of those points. They're sharp.

Ais! I would love for you to post a grocery list. I once sent asked my husband to buy some strawberries, and he brought home seven packs. Seven.

Mam'zelle Rouge, thank you so much. And welcome.

Linda! I could use a tall glass of lemonade. Thank you so much!

Ah, Brian. You were doodling, yes. But how much of this did you actually remember, eh??? Sadly, I am not doodling at this moment. Only daydreaming in a zombie-like trance.

No, Renee, it is you and your words that make the world better. xoxo

Thank you, Michael. I try to learn something new every day. Unfortunately, I also forget an equal amount.

Ces said...

I love your penmanship, beautiful and very artistic. I love the lurker the most, soon to be squashed by the giant animal! Does your grocery list look like this?

Ces said...

I think your husband is so cool to bring home seven packs! Did you make strawberry jam?

Bella Sinclair said...

Haha, well, if he gets squashed, then I'll know what we're having for dinner. My grocery lists usually have more ice cream listed on it. Ice cream, ice cream, and oh yes, ice cream.

Once I asked him to bring home some beef. He bought $100 worth of kobe. Oy.

Still, I'm looking forward to seeing your doodles. Doodles are a good thing, didn't you hear?

Milkberry said...

Bellaaaaaaaa!!! I love your handwriting!!!! It's so beautiful!!! And you have the cleanest doodles ever! Beautiful!

Bella Sinclair said...

Hey, Milkberry. Really? Well, thank you for saying so. But you should see my house. Quite the mess. Blech.

Juan said...

A delightful response to the topic!

Amy C said...

oh my this is adorable and I love the pencil tree forest, I want to go there!

'tude said...

Your drawing has a sweet dream quality to it, Bella. It lightens weary hearts. I like the pencil trees with post-it leaves (?).

*Thanks for the doodle article. You may be a daydreamer, but you doodle your daydream. Yes?

Nicky Linzey said...

I love learning about bizarre facts especially when they're illustrated so beautifully. There you go - a book could be in the making.

Shugar said...

now that is one fancy shopping list! :) the buuny with the ice cream is super cute! :) I like this... it looks really good! :)
I'm glad to know doodling is good for me... at long last, something is good! Hahaha, i've been hearing lots of "blah blah blah is bad for you!" way too often!

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you, Juan & Amy.

'tude! When did you change your name??? I likes! It's edgy.

Haha, Nicky. Bizarre by Bella. Yes, I could see that. :)

Hi, Shugar! You see bunny. I see monster. And I agree. It's nice to hear that something's good for you for a change.

Roberta said...

love those pencil trees.... from an uncontrollable doodler....

Edrian Thomidis said...

This is so fantastic! I love the trees as pencils with the papers as leaves and the little bunny peaking from the side!...oh, and what is that cute character with ice cream? Just wonderful!

I can multi-task but not when it involves different parts of my brain...So I could never doodle or day dream and still pay attention to anything. I could not listen to more than 1 person and keep a conversation, or talk on the phone and type. I know some people can... Basically, if I doodle, that's about all I can do. So..I'm not sure about this study?

Jim Rowland Creations said...

Man - it took me 3 hours to scroll through the comments to leave a comment of my own!
This is again, a lovely picture. you've got 'intricate' worked out brilliantly!

Vincent Juanes said...

Hello Bella, I discover your blog...I love your work!!!!

ValGalArt said...

very lovely Bella! I have known some very talented doodlers in my time :)

Josh (musarter) said...

This is great. I have seen some of your Monday Artday work and I must say I am also very impressed by your actual blog. Very nice "intricate" piece.

Valerie Lorimer said...

Wonderful, as always, Bella! I'm always excited to see what you do. It's charming.

TattingChic said...

I doodled all the way through my biology class my senior year in high school and scored 100% on all of my tests! I am all for doodling during class! LOL! :)

RockerJewlz said...

Interesting...my mom used to doodle when attending my dad's activities that didn't interest her...I thought she was distracting herself but maybe it helped her do her best to listen to what was going on...hmmmmm.

Eventually those doodles turned into pretty flowers she colored with pencils for all our birthday, anniversary and celebration cards!

I'm going to reproduce them one day in my paper crafts shop...it would blow her mind if she knew!

fashion fucsia said...

Original and wonderful!!
Well done Bella!
:)

Bella Sinclair said...

Hi, Roberta! Now who would want to control you?!

Edrian, I'm finding multi-tasking harder and harder to do these days. I LOVE your cute new avatar!

Haha, thank you, Jim. Perhaps you should look into getting a faster mouse.

Thank you, Vincent.

Hi, Val. I'm sure you're one of them. :)

Thank you, Josh. But you must have me confused with someone else. I've never participated in Monday Artday.

Valerie, thank you.

TattingChic: Booya!!!

Indigene said...

I'm with you on this, I'm a daydreamer, too! I have such a fabulous life in my daydreams, which often make it hard to come back to reality! That's why, my family calls it "Zoning" lol! But, doodling, I think I'll start today, I use to do that when I was little, thanks for reminding me...:) One day, they'll find that Art is a cure for a lot of things! OMG...I've written you a book! :)

kathy hare said...

this is so gorgeous Bella, I love it! the pencil trees are wonderful..

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I guess I've been really busy cause I totally missed out on this fancy piece of doodling! This is pure art!!!! This is simply amazing and I love your polka dotted street! I just love what you've done. Let's face it!! we make each others happy and that's s a very, very, very good thing!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh my gosh, Indigene. I get so absorbed in my daydreams! I've been told by strangers to cheer up, smile. They didn't know that they had just roused me from the most wonderful daydreams where I WAS smiling. :)

Hi, Kathy! Thank you. I think my pencil trees could use a gorgeous pencil web. Could you draw one in for me, please?

Gosh, Vanessa, I can imagine how busy you are these days. I just learned that optimistic, happy people live longer. :)

get zapped said...

This is simply marvelous! I love your imagination. I also enjoyed the info about doodling –which I'm fond of as much as daydreaming....

Dusik said...

(Bella, LOL.. i made a few oil pastels attempts, but they are ... i don't have the right paper. i need the paper that would allow pastels to blend, and the one that i have now just smudges them.. this is what i have done and stopped right there:

http://s53.radikal.ru/i140/0903/2e/50b125ab2072.jpg

http://i064.radikal.ru/0903/9f/bcfb3aa28782.jpg

Random York said...

Very beautiful Bella!- John

isay said...

i don't doodle, too! great take of the topic by the way.