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If tables could talk

Over several decades, students of media production at the Ostwetsfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts have created a small work of art. In lectures and seminars, they painted the tables in their lecture hall with colorful drawings, sayings and declarations of love. "In a way, these tables are a document of contemporary history, so we will definitely keep them, even if our students now move to new lecture halls and seminar rooms in Detmold, which, by the way, are welcome to look new for quite some time," says Professor Guido Falkemeier, Dean of Media Production. The lecture halls at the Lemgo site have also been extensively renovated and the desks replaced. The department wants to give away some of the tables to graduates of the bachelor's and master's degree programs in media production.



photos: © Timo Schäferkordt


Why do we doodle when we think?

Psychology: Who doodles is concentrated

Not all professors are thrilled when students immortalize themselves on tables and benches. After all, they should be listening intently to the lecture instead of painting the tables. Prof. Dr. Michael Minge, Professor of Innovation Psychology and lecturer at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts, knows that the two do not have to be contradictory. Those who doodle are not necessarily inattentive, on the contrary. When we doodle in a lecture or when we're on the phone, it can even increase our concentration. He explains why this is so and what happens in our heads when we doodle in the video.


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Fugitive drawings and their meaning