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25 January 2011

To remember information, write it down, don't type it

As keyboards replace pens, new research warns that the switch may lead to the loss of critical brain activity central to learning uniquely tied to the act of handwriting.

As keyboards increasingly replace pens, new research cautions that the switch may come with an unforeseen price: the loss of critical brain activity central to learning that is uniquely tied to the old-fashioned act of handwriting.

This is evidenced, she said, in tests that reveal that the act of handwriting - literally the feeling of touching a pen to paper - appears to imprint a "motor memory" in the sensorimotor region of the brain.

 
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