Is it Better For Your Memory To Write In Cursive Or Use A Keyboard?

Indiana University neuroscientist Karin Harman James says if you want to remember something, write it down:

… her research, which used brain imaging technology to document how significant changes in the brain occur depending on whether preschool-age children learn letters by printing or typing. The findings point to the formation of a literary system used for reading — that is, when letters are printed.

“These kinds of findings point to there being something really important about printing and potentially also about cursive,” said James, associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. “These are both fine motor skills, so they might be equally important in understanding cognitive development in children.”

Her preliminary research involving cursive writing found that college students remembered information better one week later when they transcribed a paragraph in cursive, compared to printing it or using a keyboard.