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Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter?

July 16, 2011

View this article on The Huffington Post website

The advent of the tech era has given rise to new modes of communication that seem to eclipse the prevalence of the written word. But, new research shows that handwriting provides a brain-boosting workout-particularly for children-that texting or typing can't replicate.

A recent study from Advances in Haptics ("haptics" is the science of tactile sensation) compared the different brain processes used for handwriting versus typing. The results showed the numerous positive effects of handwriting, such as improved cognitive development and increased learning ability. Because it requires the integration of visual, motor, and cognitive brain processes, handwriting's benefits were proven to outweigh those of employing a mechanized device.

View the full article on The Huffington Post website to find out more about how the results of this study support continued handwriting instruction in schools.

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