Wednesday, 30 January 2019

How drawing improves memory

Claudia Hammond talks to Professor of Psychology at the University of Leeds, Daryl O'Connor, about results from a new study on how drawing can improve your memory.

Over a number of years psychologists tested the memory of people in three different conditions. The challenge for all conditions was to remember a number of objects on a list.

CONDITION A
Memorise by writing the list of objects down


CONDITION B
Memorise by tracing drawings of pictures of the objects on the list


CONDITION C
Memorise by drawing pictures of the objects on the list.


The group with the best memory was Condition C; those who had drawn a picture of the objects from the list. It is thought that this is because drawing requires a deeper level of observation and attention in order to identify the object

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