As we axe teachers in Silicon Valley schools due to budget issues, we may be able to add a simple ingredient to school curriculums to improve student performance - doodling :-)
Apparently, a study performed at the University of Plymouth seemed to indicate that doodling during a conversation actually helped with concentration rather than hurt - 29% better retrieval!! Seems like letting the mind wander a bit, but putting it on a leash, is better than letting it get completely lost gazing at a spot on the desk or out the window at a tree!
My sister-in-law Archita does some pretty impressive "doodles" - check out Linear Spring! She just added the Ugly Duckling - she must be paying attention to something!!
No wonder Google doodles! It's all about retrieval!