Several people forget the things that they have on their to-do list. Most of us even jot down our pending work or whatever we have been asked to do. As we age, forgetting to-do things becomes more common.
One quick solution that we all resort to for preventing matters from slipping through the cracks is writing them down. Research, however, suggests something else. The latest study says that drawing can help you retain and recall more information.
Hard to swallow? Here is more on the findings of the study published in the journal Experimental Aging Research
What Did The Study Learn?
Research conducted at the University of Waterloo in Canada learned that our brain tends to remember visual details between than the written word. So, for instance, if you have to remember something related to a yacht, you can simple doodle a small boat.
The researchers understand that drawing things brings several brain regions on board to recall the information that writing information alone can’t do. They also declare drawing as a “multifaceted” approach that benefits the brain and memory.
Drawing is not only beneficial for adults but also senior folks for retaining information. As part of healthy aging, multiple changes in the different parts of the brain, which are involved in language processing and memory functioning, are noticed.
However, there are limited changes occurring in the brain parts that are linked to sensory processing of visual information. As these regions of the brain are well-preserved, seniors take advantage by drawing to remember more information.
It doesn’t matter how good or bad you are at doodling or sketching rough images for words. The reality is that the benefits of drawing are tremendous for remembering and recalling information.
The Experiments Conducted
To reach these findings, the investigators conducted a main experiment that directed participants to write down 15 words and draw images for other 15 words. After that, the participants were engaged in a filler task.
Following this, the researchers gave the participants two minutes to recall as many words as they could from the first part of the experiment. As expected, older adults could remember fewer words than younger adults.
What was interesting though was that both the age groups recalled the words that they had drawn images for better than the words that they had written. To confirm this, two more experiments were conducted.
In these experiments, the participants were asked to either write down or draw a list of descriptors related to some words. The other experiment determined how clearly the individuals remembered words that they had either drawn or written.
Both the tests proved that drawing as a better memorization tool irrespective of how long it took people to complete the image or what its quality was.
The findings of this study are simple, you should draw a word instead of writing it down to recall things better. Research on the subject is still ongoing but it has opened hopeful avenues for senior with cognitive ailments to recall information better by drawing images.