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Somewhere along the way, the doodle got a bad rap. Sometime between high school and your first job, the higher-ups tagged it as the sign of a distracted mind, something you do instead of paying attention.

But now you’re old enough to know: a little distraction’s not so bad.

A newly released study just put the doodle in a new light, suggesting that it can tie up floating attention and get you to a higher level of attention than you’d otherwise get…which means those sketch-filled meeting notes aren’t quite the mark of shame you might think. A little extra chaos in an otherwise controlled environment can do wonderful things.

If nothing else, you’ll get a whole lot better at drawing cubes.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom