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11 July 2017

Why do so many of us – both adults and children – enjoy doodling and drawing?

Why do so many of us – both adults and children – enjoy doodling and drawing? Art therapists have recently conducted experiments to measure the effect of these activities. They found that all of them resulted in an increase of blood flowing to the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain that is not only associated with feelings and regulating thought, but also forms an integral part of our mental reward system. That would explain why doodling can feel so satisfying and why adult colouring-in-books are so popular these days.

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