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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

“New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.”
— The New York Times

Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension

“It may be that longhand note takers engage in more processing than laptop note takers, thus selecting more important information to include in their notes, which enables them to study this content more efficiently.”
— Association for Psychological Science

For a Memory Boost, Ditch the Laptop and Write It Down by Hand

“We already know that handwriting is instrumental when we're first learning to read and write—kids learn to read more quickly when they are taught to write by hand, rather than on a computer—but new research suggests that it may also be beneficial long after we've mastered both skills.”
— Entrepreneur

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

“…Students cannot possibly write down every word in a lecture. Instead, they listen, digest, and summarize so that they can succinctly capture the essence of the information. Thus, taking notes by hand forces the brain to engage in some heavy 'mental lifting,' and these efforts foster comprehension and retention.”
— Scientific American

What Learning Cursive Does for Your Brain

“In the case of learning cursive writing, the brain develops functional specialization that integrates both sensation, movement control, and thinking. Brain imaging studies reveal that multiple areas of brain become co-activated during learning of cursive writing of pseudo-letters, as opposed to typing or just visual practice.”
— Psychology Today

Why Students Using Laptops Learn Less in Class Even When They Really are Taking Notes

“[A study by Pam Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel Oppenheimer of UCLA] adds to a ton of evidence that for learning, writing is better and that the hand has a ‘unique relationship with the brain when it comes to composing thoughts and ideas.’”
— The Washington Post

Does the Fight for a Cursive Comeback Miss the Point?

“Focus on handwriting early and often, experts say, print or cursive or both. Then, as kids' brains develop, gently lay the groundwork for typing.”
— NPR

Why You Learn More Effectively by Writing Than Typing

“Writing stimulates a bunch of cells at the base of the brain called the reticular activating system (RAS). The RAS acts as a filter for everything your brain needs to process, giving more importance to the stuff that you're actively focusing on at the moment—something that the physical act of writing brings to the forefront.”
— Life Hacker

Why the Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

“…A study conducted by researchers Anne Mangen, of the University of Stavanger in Norway, and Jean-Luc Velay, a French neuroscientist, shows that ‘learning letters in an unfamiliar alphabet by hand rather than typing may lead to longer-term memories,’ and ‘suggests that handwriting has unique cognitive properties that help to shape how children learn to read and write.’”
— Academy of Art University Uloop

Teaching the Write Stuff: The Forgotten Art of Penmanship

“In asking whether the pen is mightier than the keyboard, one has to look at current research into handwriting in schools. So extensive is this research, and so conclusive are its results, that schools around the world are reintroducing the formal teaching of handwriting skills to their core curriculum documents.”
— The Age

 

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