Study shows handwriting is better for brain than typing with a keyboard

It is the precise and controlled movements that specifically provide the benefit for the hand writer.

Zahra Hanif
20th February 2024
Schalcken, Godfried; An Old Man Writing a Book by Candlelight; National Trust, Calke Abbey; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/an-old-man-writing-a-book-by-candlelight-169530
A recent study has suggested that handwriting is a more beneficial method than typing on a computer for promoting brain connectivity.

The study was conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Published in Frontiers and Psychology - in which forty university students undertook trials where they were made to alternate between handwriting and typewriting words. This method allowed a connectivity analysis to be undertaken determining whether handwriting or typing prompted a difference in brain connectivity. A high density EEG was used to monitor the students’ brain activity as they scribed in both manners, to collect the required data.

The analysis of the data collected proved increased connectivity when writing by hand in comparison to typing on a keyboard, as more of the brain is stimulated when handwriting, resulting in more complex neural connectivity. Increased brain connectivity is an asset for individuals of all ages as it shows enhanced cognitive functioning, which promotes memory retention, learning, and creative thinking, establishing handwriting's importance in school and workplace environments.

It is the precise and controlled movements that specifically provide the benefit for the hand writer. Handwriting demands more attention from students and workers as they use intricate motor control to replicate the words in front of them with their pen, which requires a sense of awareness, rather than them repeatedly pressing corresponding keys on a machine designed to speed up the writing process.

Therefore, the study has revealed the importance handwriting practice within school curriculum as well as the significance of handwriting is being a mainstay in the workplace, particularly in an increasingly digitized world, to ensure that the brain is appropriately stimulated.

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AUTHOR: Zahra Hanif
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