Writing by hand, a healthy practice Writing by hand, a healthy practice

Writing by hand, a healthy practice

Armony in health 21 March, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


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.