How Does Reading and Writing Positively Affect Human Brains?
Writing and Your Brain
Evidence from studies has shown that writing is a process that uses and improves several areas of the human brain; visual, motor, cognitive, and perceptive parts of the brain are exercised with writing. Perception allows one to remember letter shapes while sight and motor skills of the hand enable the physical motion (Shah).
Reading and Your Brain
Fig. 1 How The Brain Reads
It is easy to see from the research done how reading and writing positively benefit every humans brain. This research also helps to explain many important things in the education arena, the most important being the implications on children who struggle to read. As research suggests, the ability to read helps build brain parts that are essential to listening and observing; students who struggle to read may also have problems learning from auditory classroom instruction as well. Thus they are hampered in 3 ways: they cannot read, so will not be able to learn to read, and may struggle just as much with other forms of instruction. This is unfortunate but must be recognized early as to best aid the child in their education career.
Professor Megan Elston
May 8, 2016