Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020

You belong to the people who were doing while learning handwritten notes, because I had the impression that so rapidly assimilated knowledge? Today, it turns out that this is a scientific explanation!

The new study focused on the analysis of patterns of brain waves in children and young adults in the handwriting and keyboard, which quickly turned to how much different from each other, and what’s more, one of these methods is far more effective when learning. What will not be a surprise to people over the years doing manual notes during learning, it is this way allows for efficient acquisition of knowledge. It is very unfortunate that in recent years, typing, tablet, or smartphone more effectively displaces handwriting, also in the school, which in the face of these results, we should think carefully – new technologies as much as possible, yes, but in addition to handwriting.

Audrey van der Meer from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology over the years examining differences in brainwave activity during handwriting and keyboard, and in 2017 years together with colleagues presented even convincing research based on electroencephalograms (EEG) brain activity of 20 students made while typing on keyboard and drawing pictures. In this particular study patterns of brainwave activity considered as optimal for learning they were observed when writing the manual, and they were not while typing WEB TOOLS. The new study goes a step further by checking the differences in brain activity during drawing, handwriting and typing.

When it comes to young adults, the researchers discovered that the manual writing using the stylus on the touch screen activates areas of the brain that are important for memory and encoding new information, that provide optimal conditions for learning. Similar brain regions were activated during the drawing, although the patterns of activation were here a little bit different, you can not say about writing on the keyboard. In short, manual writing and drawing are in this respect similar to each other and at the same time different from typing on the keyboard. In the case of children, patterns of brain activity are similar, but to a lesser extent, because scientists have suggested that at a young age should know all three types of behavior, ie. Hand writing, drawing and typing, to strengthen each of the individual circuits of the brain.

– Scientific writing hand is a slow process, but it is very important for children to have passed this difficult and arduous stage. The intricate hand movements and shaping letters bring many advantages. If you are using the keyboard, you use the same motion for each letter. Writing requires manual control of their motor skills and senses. It is important that the brain was able to learn as much as possible. Użyłabym keyboard to write an essay, but notes while reading created by hand – says van der Meer. This means that we should use most of the new technology, but at the same time you should not abandon the classical writing and drawing, because brain development should take place in all areas – what’s more, handwriting helps in memorizing while learning, so you want to benefit from this. Especially under the slogan that handwriting is not hidden at all the need to use pencil and paper, because it could easily be the stylus to write on the screen, it’s about a specific hand movements.

By Franz