Writing and Focus

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Researchers from the Clinical Neurosciences Department at the University of Cambridge have found that writing something down improves focus, in some experiments, by almost 40 times or 4000% over just thinking about or reading the information.

The act of writing not only “boosts the signal” for the information that is written down, it also suppresses extraneous “noise” from sensory input and memory. Of the groups who were given random words or numbers to concentrate on, the group who wrote the information down was able to recall and communicate the information significantly quicker, more accurately, and for a much longer period of time even if the information written down is never referenced again by the subject. In fact, hiding or destroying the information after it was written down only increased the subject’s retention of—and focus on—that information.