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October 12, 2020 Monday 10:39:44 AM IST

Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter

Teacher Insights

Children and adults can benefit by learning more and improving memory when writing by hand. A study done by Norwegian University of Science and Technology confirms that choosing handwriting over keyboard use yields the best learning and memory. Professor Audrey Van der Meer and her colleagues have done studies in children using an EEG to track and record brain activity and each examination took 45 minutes per person. It was found that in both young adults and children, the brain was much more active when writing by hand than when typing on a keyboard. A lot more senses are activated when pressing the pen on paper, seeing the letters written and hearing the sound you make while writing. These sense experiences create contact between different parts of the brain and open the brain up for learning, according to Van der Meer.