I heard something today that reminded me that there is a difference between handwriting and using a keyboard as far as how your brain works.
article I read said “When we write, a unique neural circuit is
automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the
Collège de France in Paris.
In another article it said that
"because putting ink to paper stimulates a part of the brain called the
Reticular Activating Center, or the RAS."
I found more
information about this as an educational issue for young children but I
also know that I myself feel a distinct difference between writing
something out by hand vs typing. I can still relay my feelings and
ideas, but handwriting seems to flow easier.
daily. It's my therapy, my friend, my companion. My think tank for
ideas. As I write, I get even more information about my subject, often I
get answers! I can almost always figure out a dream if I write it
Dr. Wayne W Dyer mentioned many times in his
writings and speeches that he always wrote out his books by hand, and
that he always felt somehow guided as he wrote.
I have to agree
that there is an ethereal element to this kind of process. My daily
journal writing has been very therapeutic. I actually prefer this over
long hours spent with someone who hardly knows me, not to mention the
I also write out my to do lists, my project lists and I still send hand written cards.
I imagine I am engaging a different part of my brain in this way, and
hopefully stimulating it with new cells to keep me mentally fit for many
years to come, as this article states: "According to The Wall Street Journal, some physicians claim
that the act of writing — which engages your motor-skills, memory, and
more — is good cognitive exercise for baby boomers who want to keep
their minds sharp as they age."
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