Writing by hand benefits the brain in many ways. This practice has changed over time, however, due to advances in technology.
A team of researchers from the University of Stavanger (Norway) and from Aix-Marseille University (France) compared the different brain processes that are used in handwriting and typing, using both hands.
According to the study, handwriting activates three brain processes simultaneously: visual capacity, because the eyes are used to look at what is on the paper; motor skills, because the pencil is placed on the paper and individuals must move it to form letters; and cognitive skills, as remembering the shape of each letter requires a different type of brain response. See also The Brain Can Be Stimulated.
For these reasons, these researchers support the idea of teaching penmanship and writing at school, a subject that has been implemented less due to advances in modern technology and word processors. See also Feed your brain.
Other benefits include:
- Critical thinking skills: Handwriting increases our neural activity, which improves our ability to solve problems and also makes us more rational thinkers.
- Creativity: Writing by hand stimulates our creativity and the ability to express ourselves because we can think more about what we will say before writing it; it also helps us develop our imagination.
- Memory: Practicing this type of writing reinforces our memory and makes our mind Sharp.