A Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania study found that coloring, drawing, and doodling make us feel more relaxed because they activate the prefrontal cortex, which helps control the brain’s reward pathways and contributes to our emotions, decision-making capabilities, and motivation.
In this study, the participants were given paper and markers and instructed to doodle in several different ways. They found that during each of the activities—in just three minutes’ time—blood flow increased in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.
After the final activity was complete, the subjects were asked to report their state of mind, both in regard to their drawing activities and how they were feeling about themselves. The responses were overwhelmingly positive, suggesting that time spent drawing, doodling, or coloring is not a waste.
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