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New research out of John Hopkins University, published in the journal Psychological Science, shows that handwriting helps people learn certain skills, like reading, surprisingly faster and significantly better than learning the same material through typing or watching videos.

According to the press release on the John Hospkin’s website -- Hand-writing letters shown to be best technique for learning to read: “The advantage has nothing to do with penmanship—it's that the simple act of writing by hand provides a perceptual-motor experience that unifies what is being learned about the letters (their shapes, their sounds, and their motor plans), which in turn creates richer knowledge and fuller, true learning.”

The cognitive scientists went on to say educators should take note. "The real question is: Are there other benefits to handwriting that have to do with reading and spelling and understanding? We find there most definitely are."

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