Doodles, Brainwaves and creativity

As i mentioned recently, i know of a few women who are instructors of zentangle.  Oddly i think i was doing that kind of doodling without knowing there was a name or a system for doing so.  I have always been a doodler…. in fact i think back to that old black wall phone bolted to our kitchen wall when i was a kid… when you took a call you were relegated to sit at that corner of the kitchen and have your conversation.  It was in those first moments of using a phone that i discovered how much fun it is to have paper and a pen handy, and doodle.

But there appears to be another reason we doodle.  According to experts doodling comes in the void of activity.  When we become bored with a situation, or bored with the status our brains need something to do.  Rather than just shutting off, our brains create an outlet… doodling hearts or roses, or cowboys or something.

not my doodles, but i was on a kick with quazi-paisely curley cues for a while.

According to a number of experts on this subject, doodling is rather common, and it is a beneficial thing because it keeps the mind going, and it actually help to improve attention.  It is also possibly a sign that we are visual learners… that we learn as we process the thoughts with our mind, allowing the thoughts to pass on to and become visual.  Yes, i can say i believe i am a visual learner to some extent.

If you would like to know more here are links to a few amazing articles i read on the subject:

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/08/03/i-draw-pictures-all-day/

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101727048

for those of us that are visual… it is an aha moment!

Visual Learning  as defined by wikipedia is:

Visual learning is a teaching and learning style in which ideas, concepts, data and other information are associated with images and techniques. It is one of the three basic types of learning styles in the widely usedFleming VAK/VARK model that also includeskinesthetic learning and auditory learning.

Graphic organizers are visual representations of knowledge, concepts, thoughts, or ideas. To show the relationships between the parts, the symbols are linked with each other; words can be used to further clarify meaning. By representing information spatially and with images, students are able to focus on meaning, reorganize and group similar ideas easily, make better use of their visual memory.

A review study concluded that using graphic organizers improves student performance in the following areas:

Retention
Students remember information better and can better recall it when it is represented and learned both visually and verbally.
Reading comprehension
The use of graphic organizers helps improving the reading comprehension of students.
Student achievement
Students with and without learning disabilities improve achievement across content areas and grade levels.[2]
Thinking and learning skills; critical thinking
When students develop and use a graphic organizer their higher order thinking and critical thinking skills are enhanced.

 

 


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