In this digital age we have forgotten how to write, but now a new study has shown that writing by hand can have beneficial effects on the brain.
Thousands of people talk to their loved ones. smart devices To complete shopping lists, we often write or dictate calendar reminders on our smartphones instead of writing them on a wall calendar.
In short, people around the world and in a wide variety of contexts primarily use digital devices to record things they want to remember.
Numerous tests, however, show that the writing It stimulates different and more complex brain connections that are essential for encoding new information and forming memories.
The most recent study supporting this idea was published in the journal Frontiers in psychology.
Norwegian researchers asked university students to write single words using a digital pen on a touch screen or using a single finger, while measuring electrical activity in their brains using a high density electroencephalogram (EEG).
They found that brain connectivity patterns were much more elaborate and widespread in participants who wrote by hand than in those who typed. This suggests that precisely controlled hand movements that occur during writing lead to spatial and temporal patterns in the brain that promote learning.
This study adds to a large body of research suggesting that handwriting activate the brain differently from other ways of recording information.
A 2022 review by a University of Louisville doctoral student combined data from 33 studies to evaluate whether taking notes by hand or typing affected students’ performance on exams.
The review found that students who took handwritten notes scored significantly higher on tests on that material than students who wrote notes.
A 2021 study by Japanese researchers found that participants who recorded information about calendar events on paper calendars showed greater brain activity, compared to subjects who recorded the same information on a smartphone.
Additionally, participants who wrote on their calendars remembered the information 25% faster than those who typed them on a smartphone.
So if you need to remember something, write it down! It is clear that the act of writing helps us learn and remember.
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