Mathematical Doodling

A year and a half ago science learned that doodling actually helps learning and concentration, especially for distractible types -

Doodling isn’t the distraction it’s commonly thought to be, researchers say–in fact, it aids concentration, and memory. A new study suggests that doodling takes up just enough attention to keep the brain from wandering further afield, explains lead researcher Jackie Andrade.

"If someone is doing a boring task, like listening to a dull telephone conversation, they may start to daydream. Daydreaming distracts them from the task, resulting in poor performance. A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task"

So it's no surprise that when Vi Hart decided to ignore her math teacher and doodle, it all makes so much sense:

Vi Hart's "Mathematical Doodling" is a series of hilarious and informative narrated videos explaining doodle-games that you can play to explain mathematical concepts in a way that's much more intuitive than the traditional math-class methodologies. Above is binary trees, but be sure and click through to "Snakes + Graphs" -- a wonderful, captivating potted graph theory explanation.


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