The numerous requirements of writing in cursive can positively impact brain health in many ways. By stimulating both sides of the brain simultaneously, requiring dexterity and triggering norepenephrine (responsible for attention), cursive writing can help your brain’s health in ways that printed writing and typing cannot.
Scientists have used Positive Electron Tomography (PET) scans to monitor subjects’ brain activity when using these different written communication methods, and subjects performing cursive writing see more areas of their brain firing together than the other groups. Other studies indicate that cursive writing can help better integrate visual and tactile information, improving motor skills. The benefits of cursive writing are similar to those of learning a musical instrument, and there is lots of new emerging evidence indicating that learning new skills can help grow your brain and potentially reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and prevent dementia.
Why not give writing in cursive a try for a couple weeks to see if you feel any difference? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!