It Might Be Time to Revive the Lost Art of Penmanship

Close up of a black man hands filling out form on a desk at homePenmanship truly is a lost art. But it’s not just that keyboards and screens are robbing the world of beautifully crafted shapes, letters, and stories. They could be slowing your brain down too.

New research suggests that handwriting may be the best modality to learn new information. A study published in Psychological Science found that adults who handwrote letters from an unfamiliar alphabet picked them up much faster than those who typed on a computer or watched videos to learn it.


Researchers did their experiment on 42 adults charged with learning the Arabic alphabet. They were separated into three groups: video watchers, typists, and writers.

Each participant learned the letters one at a time by watching them being drawn and explained on screen.

The video group then received an on-screen flash of each letter and was asked if it was the same letter they had just seen. The typist group had to locate the letter on a keyboard, and the writers copied it using a pen and paper.

Although each of the groups was able to demonstrate a strong understanding of the letter with six sessions, the handwriting group learned much faster, with many learning the skills after just two sessions.

These results indicate that writing may be the brain’s preferred method of learning and storing memories.


Typing on screens is indeed convenient, but it might not be best if you’re trying to remember. Writing down lists, appointments, and other information you’d like to retain might best be done with a pen and pad.

The researchers suggest the act of handwriting reinforces visual and aural lessons. You may remember moving your hand in a certain way, or seeing yourself put the note down in your own writing, which helps you recall it later. It could just be that you’ll remember creating the note.

In any event, you may notice you’re remembering faster and better by handwriting. Give it a try and revive the lost art of penmanship!

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About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.