Handwriting and cognition is closely related

January 23 is National Handwriting Day in the USm and on the occasion Quartz has an interesting article about the relationship between the physical act of handwriting and the mental act of thinking.

Several scientific studies have shown that the act of putting pen to paper is related to the quality of our thinking. “When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” cognitive psychologist Stanislas Dehaene told the New York Times. Stanislas’s research posits that writing by hand actually makes learning easier. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain,” he explained. A 2014 study with the catchy titled “The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard,” supports Dehaene’s research proving that taking notes by typing on a computer actually diminishes our ability to process new information.

Read the article about handwriting here