Posted on October 5, 2010 · Posted in Brain Injury

 Maybe those Catholic school nuns were wiser than we thought.

Handwriting is important, a skill that “is a major building block to learning,” according to a story Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal.

Headlined “How Handwriting Trains The Brain,” the article says that researcher have found that writing by hand “helps  with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development.” That’s what magnetic reasonance testing has determined.

The idea is that Baby Boomers and their kids should not be spending all their day at a keyboard, they should be taking a pen or pencil in hand to write. Some doctors are even convined that as people age, they should do more cursive writing to as a cognitive exercise to keep their minds sharp.

The Journal cited a study by Indiana University that found that children who had practiced handwriting had heightened activity in areas of the brain that involve learning.  

Even adults who study a language with a different alphabet than English, such as Chinese, seem to benefit when they actually write down those new symbols. Those people enjoyed “stronger and longer-lasting recognition of the characters’ proper orientation,” The Journal wrote.

It’s a thought-provoking article. 

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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice :: 800-992-9447