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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Drexel University researchers have found that doodling may be a great way to relax and help you experience pleasure.READ MORE: 2 Mothers, Babies Rushed To Hospital After Being Rescued From Burning Frankford Apartment Building, Officials Say
According to the researchers, there was increased blood flow to a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex during doodling and other forms of drawing that would trigger feelings of pleasure and reward.READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Trial: Pennsylvania National Guard Activated To Philadelphia As Officials Prepare For Verdict
Different forms of art can have different effects.
Out of all the drawing methods tested doodling led to the greatest blood flow increase in the prefrontal cortex, followed by free-drawing, and then coloring.MORE NEWS: Keith Campbell Sentenced Up To 76 Years In Head-On Crash That Killed 3, Including 2 Mummers, In South Philly
The report was in the journal the arts of psychotherapy and the study is the latest in a series of studies which emphasize the role of creative activities for relaxation.