Friend of the Revolution, Wendy, wrote in to point out this article, which says that people who doodle during meetings have a higher focus and higher information recall than people who don't doodle.
I did a little digging and pulled out the actual paper on doodling submitted for applied cognitive psychology.
The upshot of this is that during a meeting if you look around and see some people doodling and others not doodling you should stop the meeting and say, "HEY. I NEED YOU PEOPLE TO PAY ATTENTION. START DOODLING!"
Seems like I just read an article last week on presidential "styles" that talked about how different leaders behaved, and it talked with somewhat veiled derision about how GWB, during the first several years of his presidency, spent much of the time during meetings doodling, and that later in his presidency he seemed more engaged. Maybe he actually got less engaged and spent more time faking engagement since his advisors had told him to stop doodling...ReplyDelete
And now the sentence I wanted to write: I wonder what his doodles looked like.