Study shows writing is good for the brain and boosts memory


The ‘write’ way to learn? By hand! Pupils should get used to holding a pen as study shows writing is good for the brain and boosts memory

  • New study suggests that precisely moving a pen to form letters boosts memory
  • Researchers had studied 12 children aged 12 as they typed or wrote words
  • By hand they showed greater activity in the areas of their brain linked to learning

Pupils are now encouraged to tap words out on tablets and computers.

But writing by hand may help them learn better, a study suggests.

The coordination involved in precisely moving a pen to form individual letters is believed to be good for the brain and boosts memory.

When writing by hand, they showed greater activity in the areas of their brain linked to learning [File photo]

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied 12 children aged 12 as they typed or wrote. 

When writing by hand, they showed greater activity in the areas of their brain linked to learning.

And similar results were found in tests carried out on 12 adults.

Professor Audrey van der Meer, senior author of the study, said: ‘Learning to write by hand is a bit slower but it’s important for children to go through the tiring phase of learning to do it.’

The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied 12 children aged 12 as they typed or wrote [File photo]

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied 12 children aged 12 as they typed or wrote [File photo]

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