Peter Durand

WSJ: Writing by Hand Helps Your Brain

In Journal, Science on October 6, 2010 at 5:32 am
From Austin Kleon: In the digital age, use your digits. The @wsj on why handwriting is good for you http://on.wsj.com/deijXL

Using advanced tools such as magnetic resonance imaging, 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.

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