Arquivo da tag: Writing

Caros pais, estimados alunos e estudantes!

Pesquisadores americanos fizeram um estudo (publicado na revista científica Trends in Neurosciense and Education) com crianças de 4 e 5 anos que estavam começando a ter contato com as letras.

A conclusão do estudo confirmou a hipótese de que a escrita tradicional com papel e lápis ajuda no desenvolvimento mental, mais especificamente, na capacidade de abstração. Por meio de ressonância magnética, verificou-se que certas áreas do cérebro são ativadas quando uma criança desenha e reconhece uma letra.


Um outro estudo com universitários relatado no jornal The New York Times, provou que alunos que anotam o conteúdo da aula à mão retêm mais e melhor o que foi apresentado, em comparação com aqueles que usaram notebooks ou tablets:

For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information. Not only do we learn letters better when we commit them to memory through writing, memory and learning ability in general may benefit.

Two psychologists, Pam A. Mueller of Princeton and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles, have reported that in both laboratory settings and real-world classrooms, students learn better when they take notes by hand than when they type on a keyboard. Contrary to earlier studies attributing the difference to the distracting effects of computers, the new research suggests that writing by hand allows the student to process a lecture’s contents and reframe it — a process of reflection and manipulation that can lead to better understanding and memory encoding.



Bom, (embora não importe tanto), me parece que os pesquisadores norte americanos não foram pioneiros nesta matéria. Estudos com resultados semelhantes já foram divulgados anteriormente, como os de Anne Mangen, uma professora adjunta do Centro de Leitura da Universidade de Stavanger, na Noruega, que já havia publicado um artigo no periódico Advances in Haptics (Digitizing Literacy: Reflections on the Haptics of Writing), juntamente com o neurofisiologista Jean-Luc Velay, da Universidade de Marselha na França.

De qualquer forma, há fortes indicações de que escrever a mão fortalece o processo de aprendizagem, tanto de crianças quanto de adultos. Escrever a mão requer mais tempo, porém, o feedback parece ser bem maior, criando um “link” direto entre a atividade física e o reconhecimento visual.

Adhesive notes and ballpoint pen

Hipsters – The Dead End!

I’ve been wondering what this whole “hipster-thing” is about. Are hipsters really cool? No, they are not. Do you wanna know why? Take a look at this:

We’ve reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it’s been stripped of its subversion and originality.


Ever since the Allies bombed the Axis into submission, Western civilization has had a succession of counter-culture movements that have energetically challenged the status quo. Each successive decade of the post-war era has seen it smash social standards, riot and fight to revolutionize every aspect of music, art, government and civil society.

But after punk was plasticized and hip hop lost its impetus for social change, all of the formerly dominant streams of “counter-culture” have merged together. Now, one mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior has come to define the generally indefinable idea of the “Hipster.”

An artificial appropriation of different styles from different eras, the hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning. Not only is it unsustainable, it is suicidal. While previous youth movements have challenged the dysfunction and decadence of their elders, today we have the “hipster” – a youth subculture that mirrors the doomed shallowness of mainstream society.


Hipsterdom is the first “counterculture” to be born under the advertising industry’s microscope, leaving it open to constant manipulation but also forcing its participants to continually shift their interests and affiliations. Less a subculture, the hipster is a consumer group – using their capital to purchase empty authenticity and rebellion. But the moment a trend, band, sound, style or feeling gains too much exposure, it is suddenly looked upon with disdain. Hipsters cannot afford to maintain any cultural loyalties or affiliations for fear they will lose relevance.


We are a lost generation, desperately clinging to anything that feels real, but too afraid to become it ourselves.

Extracts from an article published on adbusters. The author Douglas Haddow is a Canadian writer, designer, video artist and general media enthusiast.