By Dr. Brian McDonoughSponsored By Blue Cross

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.