Participants monitored a monotonous mock telephone message. Half of the group was randomly assigned to a ‘doodling’ condition where they shaded printed shapes while listening to the telephone call. The doodling group performed better on the monitoring task and recalled 29% more information on a surprise memory test.

Appl. Cognit. Psychol. 24: 100–106 (2010)
Published online 27 February 2009 in Wiley InterScience ( DOI: 10.1002/acp.1561