Growing Amount of Research Shows that Both Groups Benefit from Handwriting; More Locations Can Join the Letter-Writing Effort that Connects Generations
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The effort will connect generations through letter-writing. It will help youths develop fine motor skills, spur seniors to practice a useful cognitive exercise and give both groups a way to develop enjoyable and enriching connections.
“Research about the benefits of handwriting shows why this program can be useful,” said
PaperPal will now expand to
To understand more about the benefits of handwriting for different generations, consider the research and expert opinions cited in this
- Experts at
Indiana Universityconducted brain scans on pre-literate children to determine whether printing letters, tracing them or typing is the most effective method in the learning process. The children tried each method, and then received a functional MRI scan in a device designed to look like a spaceship. The results? If children wrote by hand, the experts saw neural activity in three areas of the brain that was far more enhanced. These areas get activated in adults when they read and write.
- A study in the
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscienceshows how handwriting can help adults learn new symbols – anything from music notes to Mandarin. Researchers found that if adults wrote the symbols, there was a stronger, longer-lasting recognition.
- Good handwriting can play a role in classroom performance. It can take a generic classroom test score from the 50th percentile to the 84th percentile, while bad penmanship could tank it to the 16th, said an education professor at
- Handwriting can be a useful cognitive exercise for baby boomers trying to keep their minds sharp as they grow older, according to a neuroscientist at
- Children in grades two, four and six wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand instead of with a keyboard, according to a study by a
University of Washingtonprofessor of educational psychology.
“Handwriting remains valuable for all ages, and it’s especially useful when it connects senior citizens and students,” Goff said. “We’re excited that more schools and senior centers are joining PaperPal, because we know the results will be so positive.”
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