Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

Just thought this was interesting to share.

From personal experience, I do find I tend to remember things more if I write on paper. And to be honest, I can’t seem to get into reading digitally

What do you think? Any validity here? Maybe a little nostalgia too?

Across three experiments in 2013, researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer compared the effectiveness of students taking longhand notes
versus typing onto laptops. Their conclusion: the relative slowness of writing by hand demands heavier “mental lifting”, forcing students to
summarise rather than to quote verbatim – in turn tending to increase conceptual understanding, application and retention.

In other words, friction is good – at least so far as the remembering brain is concerned. Moreover, the textured variety of physical writing can
itself be significant. In a 2012 study at Indiana University, psychologist Karin James tested five-year-old children who did not yet know how to read
or write by asking them to reproduce a letter or shape in one of three ways: typed onto a computer, drawn onto a blank sheet, or traced over a dotted
outline. When the children were drawing freehand, an MRI scan during the test showed activation across areas of the brain associated in adults with
reading and writing. The other two methods showed no such activation.


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