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The Comeback of Cursive

Posted On: 9/12/2017 2:24 PM

Student writing a report in cursive"Neurophysiologists in Norway and France, for example, have found that different parts of the brain are stimulated when reading letters learned by writing them on paper, rather than by typing them on a keyboard. The movement and tactile response involved in handwriting leaves a memory trace in the sensorimotor part of the brain, which are retrieved when reading the letters involved. Being essentially the same for each key stroke, the feedback from typing lacks the kind of motor memories associated with individual letters. If handwriting reinforces reading, the implications for teaching are huge."

Read more at The Economist - September 6, 2016
Photo credit: Waldorf School of Lexington

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