According to Newsweek “Brain scans show that handwriting engages more sections of the brain than typing.”
These aren’t just any old sections of the brain being activated when you wield a pen; they’re sections vital to writing. Virginia Berninger, professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington, refers to brain scans that show “sequential finger movements activated massive regions involved in thinking, language and working memory.”
And no, using a keyboard isn’t the same as writing by hand. Berninger points out that a keyboard allows you to select a whole letter with one touch, but handwriting “requires executing sequential strokes to form each letter.” It’s the sequential finger movements that engage your brain.
After you defrost the brain freeze of writing resistance, the keyboard can be your best friend again. But before you rush back to your computer, remember that many writers write their first drafts in longhand, including JK Rowling, Stephen, King, Neil Gaiman and Tracy Chevalier.
When it comes to getting your brain engaged and your creativity flowing, the pen is mightier than the keyboard!
More in my next post.