Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Get Smarter Using A Pen

HINSDALE, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Doing the “write” thing can bring you brain power.

Sounds sketchy, but writing in cursive can make you smarter according to handwriting analyst Rose Matousek.

She says cursive writing’s constant upward and downward strokes get creative juices flowing because it exercises the brain’s basal ganglia, the area in charge of learning.

Matousek explains, “Handwriting exercises the brain, which energizes it to function better. People need mental exercise as much as they need physical exercise, especially when you’re 86 like me.”

Though Matousek says technology like text messaging and email is wonderful for urgent matters, handwriting should always be used for more creative pursuits.

She recommends that people practice cursive writing daily and that schools teach cursive before print writing to children.

Matousek argues, “If cursive were taught at a very early age, it would improve children’s literacy status. We’re not doing kids any favors by not stressing it.”

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