Writing by hand makes kids smarter, here's why
Typing, clicking, and watching occupy an increasing number of hours in the average child's day. But brain research shows that handwriting helps people remember better and learn more.
Researchers found that handwriting creates much more activity in the sensorimotor parts of the brain.
New brain research shows that handwriting helps children learn more and remember better. At the same time, schools are becoming more and more digital, and a European study shows that Norwegian children spend the most time online among 19 countries in the EU.
Typing, clicking, and watching occupy an increasing number of hours in the average child's day. But brain research shows that handwriting helps people remember better and learn more. The photograph shows an EEG Geodetic Sensor Network with 256 evenly distributed sensors used to record EEG activity from the participant's scalp during research.
Professor Audrey van der Meer believes that national guidelines should be followed to ensure that children receive at least a minimum of handwriting instruction.
Results from various studies have shown that both children and adults learn more and remember better when writing by hand.
Now another study confirms the same thing: choosing handwriting over keyboard use provides the best learning and memory.
Prof. "When you handwrite your shopping list or lecture notes, you will remember the content better later," says van der Meer.
Captures the brain's electricity
Van der Meer and colleagues researched this several times, first in 2017 and now in 2020.
He studied the brain activity of 20 students in 2017. He has now published a study examining brain activity in twelve young adults and twelve children. This is the first time children are participating in such a study.
Handwritten and drawn notes make it easier for the brain to see connections because you can create arrows, boxes, and keywords that make it easy to gain a holistic understanding.
Both studies were performed using an EEG to monitor and record brainwave activity. Participants wore a headgear with more than 250 electrodes.
When the brain is active, it generates electrical impulses. Sensors in the electrodes are very sensitive and detect electrical activity in the brain.
Handwriting provides more hooks to the brain to hang memories
Each review took 45 minutes per person, and the researchers got 500 data points per second.
The results showed that the brain is much more active when typing than typing on the keyboard in both young adults and children.
Professor Audrey van der Meer says, “The use of pen and paper gives the brain more 'hooks' to hang your memories. Write by hand