Blog Post 5: Handwriting

I myself am very persuaded about the effects of handwriting notes or any other valuable information in order to retain it better. Several studies including the one referenced in this article show that by handwriting notes, you’re more likely to remember them and understand them better than if you were to type them. What writing lacks in speed, it compensates with its mental benefits; copying a sentence word by word helps make connections in the human brain that typing does not. Writing forces the individual to slow down, and focus on each word they’re copying before printing it on paper, simultaneously giving a second reading which will aid in the memorization process. Aside from the research provided, personal experience vouches to the truthfulness of this claim; I’ve grown up doing everything by hand, making the transition to typing and technology only around my middle school period. I can say for sure that there’s a difference in what I was doing in my younger days and what I am doing now, content excluded. In evaluating this articles usefulness in a research paper, I’d say the purpose is definitely proportional to a paper discussing the importance/benefits of writing by hand. It includes relevant studies from the University of Washington and UCLA that help support the opinion of pro-handwriting, yet also acknowledges the scientists that don’t fully believe this claim. The level of specification is quite explicit, making a direct claim about the proven benefits of handwriting and providing several qualified sources to back those claims. Sources include two credible and notorious universities and doctors from each, Dr. Karin James and Dr. Virginia Berninger. As far as the author is concerned, a google search (ironic) will show you a prestiged Maria Konnikova, who has several published books under her belt as well as a strong background in psychological and literate writing. With the date of publication being only two years old, it can be inferred that significant progress has been made in the field since to support this claim. Accuracy is found to be genuine and not hoaxed; the given information is backed by credible sources. The article does present bias in favor of handwriting and also gives supporting information, but also acknowledges the opposing perspectives and known individuals in the field who do not agree that handwriting supports information retainment.

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