Drawing and Cognitive Attention: Building Creativity and Focus
What is Cognitive Attention?
Cognitive attention, in essence, is our brain’s selective spotlight. It filters out irrelevant stimuli, allowing us to focus on what truly matters. Paneri & Gregoriou GG, in their 2017 study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, delved deep into this phenomenon. Their findings indicate a sophisticated network within our brains that operates every time we decide where to focus our attention.
Drawing: A Fundamental Act
Drawing, an act as old as human history, is often dismissed as mere recreation. Yet, it demands an intricate cognitive process. Every time a child picks up a crayon and starts to draw, they engage in multiple areas of their brain. From the fine motor skills needed to hold the crayon to the imaginative aptitude to dream up images, drawing is a full-brain workout.
The Dot Exercise: A Deep Dive
Here’s a simple exercise to illustrate the connection:
- Draw a dot on paper using a crayon.
- Focus on this dot for a minute.
It seems easy, but this act of focusing has profound implications. The dot, in its simplicity, becomes a challenge for the brain. In the midst of so many distractions, the brain needs to zero in on this singular point. And according to Nasneuro, repetitive tasks that challenge cognitive attention can bolster the brain’s capacity to focus. Over time, this can refine and enhance our cognitive processes.
Drawing, Focus, and the Modern World
In today’s age, with screens vying for our attention at every turn, the ability to focus is paramount. Drawing offers a respite. It not only allows for a break from digital distractions but also serves as a practice ground for attention.
Children, especially, can benefit from this. In the act of drawing, they are inadvertently training their brains. Every sketch, doodle, or masterpiece they craft is evidence of their cognitive growth.
With much love,
The SCC Family