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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.
originally posted by: ~Lucidity I can't seem to get into reading digitally
originally posted by: and14263
A technique I used whilst studying for my degree would be to read a chapter from a textbook, then write it out whilst reading it - in long notes. Then I would try a few times to write what I noted but this time from memory. It really helped the knowledge sink in. This would not have worked with a laptop as yes, you just tap the words and don't really absorb the meanings.
originally posted by: ketsuko
His brain needs training, not a crutch.
originally posted by: ~Lucidity
I really miss getting letters. Snail mail in general that isn't bills and advertisements.