Using text-analysis software, the team discovered that some aspects of essay writing, such as sophistication of vocabulary, improved when participants used only one hand to type.

The results led the researchers to speculate that slowing down participants' typing by asking them to use only one hand, allowed more time for internal word search, resulting in a larger variety of words.

Fast typists may have simply written the first word that came to mind.

The researchers are not forcing students to write their term papers with one hand but the results show that going fast can have its drawbacks.

 

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