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Win over bad memory: Draw to remember better and for longer

Are you plain tired of forgetting things or are preparing for a task that requires massive memory boost? You should draw all that you want to retain instead of writing it down, suggest researchers.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 24, 2016 12:03 IST
Between drawing and writing out words repeatedly, drawing is the more effective way to retain information, say researchers.
Between drawing and writing out words repeatedly, drawing is the more effective way to retain information, say researchers.(Shutterstock)

Are you plain tired of forgetting things or are preparing for a task that requires massive memory boost? You should draw all that you want to retain instead of writing it down, suggest researchers.

According to a study by the University of Waterloo in Canada, between drawing and writing out words repeatedly, drawing is the more effective way to retain information.

For the study, researchers presented student participants with a list of simple words like “apple” and were given 40 seconds to either draw the word or write it out repeatedly.

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Afterwards, students were asked to freely recall as many words as possible from the list in 60 seconds.

The result? Participants were able to recall twice as many words when they drew them compared to when they wrote them out. “We discovered a significant recall advantage for words that were drawn as compared to those that were written,” said study lead author Jeffrey Wammes.

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“We labeled this benefit ‘the drawing effect,’ which refers to this distinct advantage of drawing words relative to writing them out.”

There’s also good news for those who are artistically disadvantaged: The quality of the drawings made no difference. The findings were published in “Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.”

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