Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) say that both children and adults learn more and remember things more efficiently when writing by hand rather than a keyboard. The study’s author believes all modern children should receive at least some instruction in handwriting.
The brain activity of 12 young adults and 12 children was assessed on two occasions — once while writing in a notebook, and again while typing on a keyboard.
The results were quite clear. Both adolescent and adult brains are much more active while writing in comparison to typing.
“The use of pen and paper gives the brain more ‘hooks’ to hang your memories on. Writing by hand creates much more activity in the sensorimotor parts of the brain. A lot of senses are activated by pressing the pen on paper, seeing the letters you write and hearing the sound you make while writing. These sense experiences create contact between different parts of the brain and open the brain up for learning. We both learn better and remember better,” Professor Audrey van der Meer explained in a media release.
Professor van der Meer says it is essential to a child’s development to both write and draw from an early age, especially within an educational environment.
“Learning to write by hand is a bit slower process, but it’s important for children to go through the tiring phase of learning to write by hand. The intricate hand movements and the shaping of letters are beneficial in several ways. If you use a keyboard, you use the same movement for each letter. Writing by hand requires control of your fine motor skills and senses. It’s important to put the brain in a learning state as often as possible. I would use a keyboard to write an essay, but I’d take notes by hand during a lecture,” van der Meer contends.
The timing of reading the results of the research study discussed below coincided with discovering these useless signatures:
I’ve never been a fan of such signatures; in fact, I’ve written about this before – it was one of my very first posts.
I’ll never understand the point of just scribbling your signature. Perhaps these people need to go back to the Palmer method of instruction (shown at top of post). Not only would it result in better penmanship, but it may also trigger some beneficial brain activity…