Blog Post #5

In the article “What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades,” Maria Konnikova writes, “Not every expert is persuaded that the long-term benefits of handwriting are as significant as all that.” After reading this article I was more persuaded to believe that handwriting is significant. Personally, I’ve always believed that even before reading this article. For example, I like to write out my notes because when I have to go over them to study I have a better understanding of it and its easier to remember. Therefore, this article just restored my stance on this topic. They used more information/ research and I learned new things about this. In the 2012 study performed by Karin James, showed that when children free-handedly wrote a letter it increased activity in three areas of the brain that are activated in adults when they read and write: the left fusiform gyrus, the inferior frontal gyrus and the posterior parietal cortex. However, the kids that traced showed little or no effect. This piece of information is what persuaded me the most. I feel that when a child is tracing they’re simply just copying, which is an easy task for the brain. But when one free-hands a letter, they’re brain has to conduct a way of their own style and understanding of it rather than just following a dotted line. So overall, I feel like handwriting is more effective than typing because it helps more with memory and activating the parts of your brain needed when reading/writing.

I feel that this article is good to use in a research paper. It supports the relevance of handwriting, and it demonstrates that your research topic was thoroughly researched because it used credible resources and it used different kinds. It was published in June of 2014, therefore I think the currency is up to date considering this topic is still applicable to this generation and it’s only two years away from the present. Her audience is the general public, and anyone who believes that handwriting is a relic of the past, because she proves how it shouldn’t be viewed as that. The publisher is The New York Times, and they’re credible and popular. Knowing that a lot of other people use them make them seem reliable. They also have a Copyright Notice page that states, “All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of the New York Times Company or in the case of third party materials, the owner of that content. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.” By following and having this rule, makes them even more credible because you know that people can’t steal their articles nor do they steal others. The author Maria Konnikova is credible as well, and she even has her own webpage! Her webpage has her own personally blog and a list of everything she has written. On the “About” tab of her webpage it talks about how she went to Harvard and study psychology, creative writing, and government. Then it proceeds to tell that she received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. By having a higher education, makes her more credible and a reliable source. Overall, the article is credible and I’d use it in a research paper.

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