"What's lost as handwriting fades?" asks a NYT article. Apparently, more than anticipated by those who assume that handwriting should no longer be taught in school.
Neuroscientists now provide some clues as to why handwriting seems to influence learning in such a powerful way.
“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.