Writing Makes Us Smarter?

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Via Comrade Brian.

Don’t trade in your pencils and paper for a keyboard just yet.

A new study that compared the different brain processes used for writing by hand and typing has found that there are cognitive benefits to putting a pen to paper. These findings give support to the continued teaching of penmanship and handwriting in schools.

Children who don’t learn the skill of handwriting, like generations before them had to, may be missing out on an important developmental process. Compared to using two hands to type out letters on a keyboard, writing with one hand uses more complex brain power.

Read more at The Huffington Post.

3 Responses to “Writing Makes Us Smarter?”

  1. Michael says:

    My wife would disagree with the statement that typing cause attention to oscillate between keyboard and monitor. As a touch typist she never looks at the keyboard only at the screen.
    Her handwriting is terrible though.

    • John says:

      I touch-type with eyes on the screen (or written source I’m typing from). But I find that my attention moves forward when I type, rather than focusing on the words and sentence I’m working on, as with pencil/pen.

      I do probably type under the influence of too much coffee though. :)

  2. Glenn says:

    I recently read that cursive is no longer being taught in elementary schools. This is a shame. It’s an overall death of skeuomorphism, IMHO. I have my pens, pencils, and notepads — but I am a slave to my keyboard now, and sadly, my handwriting has gone to pot. :(

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