Handwriting is good for you. Instead of being a dying art, it’s increasingly recognized as an essential cultural tradition. Handwriting provides not only strengthens motor skills in children, it provides critical tools for developing your brain, building your memory, and grasping and expressing complex ideas. It can make you smarter, and may even turn out to be essential to human development. If that sounds like a grand claim, take time to read some of the studies on the topic. Here are some of the fascinating things you’ll find:
Handwriting Drives Brain Development in Uniquely Powerful Ways
Handwriting uses more of your brain than typing. In one Indiana University study, researchers conducted brain scans on pre-literate 5-year olds before and after receiving different sorts of letter-learning instruction. In children who had spent time writing by hand, the neural activity was far more enhanced and “adult-like” than in those who had simply looked at letters on a keyboard and tapped them on a keyboard.