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'The Drawing Effect' - Latest Research

'The Drawing Effect' - Latest Research

If you want to boost your ability to recall information then get sketching!

Latest research shows that drawing is a brilliant way to boost your chances of remembering.

This is great news if you need to revise a topic, or memorise information because even a simple sketch will do the trick.

'The Drawing Effect' by Jeffrey D. Wammes, Melissa E. Meade and Myra A. Fernandes is a series of studies published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Vol 6 Issue 9 - 2016.

In one part of the study participants were given lists of easily drawable words e.g. apple, and asked to either repeatedly write a word for 40 seconds or to draw it. Then after completing 'filler' tasks they were given surprise memory tests.

Researchers found that:

- People recalled more than double the number of words they had drawn compared with words that were written.

Furthermore - in other parts of their research they discovered that:

- Drawing worked better than writing descriptions of the meaning of words

- Drawing worked better than just looking at the pictures

- Drawing worked better than visualising the words

Click to learn more about the study in an article by Christian Jarrett in the British Psychological Society's 'Research Digest.'

Click here to read an abstract of the study and also for the complete research paper.