How Handwriting Trains the Brain

Nice article by Wall Street Journal about how handwriting trains the brain. What do you think? Is that right or not?

Researchers are finding that writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development. It’s not just children who benefit. Adults studying new symbols, such as Chinese characters, might enhance recognition by writing the characters by hand, researchers say. Some physicians say handwriting could be a good cognitive exercise for baby boomers working to keep their minds sharp as they age. Studies suggest there’s real value in learning and maintaining this ancient skill, even as we increasingly communicate electronically via keyboards big and small. Indeed, technology often gets blamed for handwriting’s demise. But in an interesting twist, new software for touch-screen devices, such as the iPad, is starting to reinvigorate the practice.

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3 Responses to How Handwriting Trains the Brain

  1. bill bean says:

    Certainly the case for me.

  2. Ali S. says:

    I find this to be quite true. For instance, I’m currently studying and preparing for my midterms for University and despite my access to word documents, e-text books, and my laptop for note taking and Powerpoint slide readings I have found that when I write down my notes and my key readings when preparing for an exam/test I am able to recall it more easily and quickly. This maybe the fact that there is much for a tactile connection between holding a pen(cil) when memorizing texts or key words that will then be put on the test paper in the same manner.

    Plus, I think we can also take into consideration the hand, eye, brain relationship when we write down things. But I’m no scientist nor neurologist so this is pretty much my own educated guess. :)

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