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for the record, this has been bothering me
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For reasons that don't need to be explored at this juncture, I am in need of someone who really likes academic communication theory--or possibly metacognition theory and cognitive neuroscience--who can tell me what this is and where to find it.

It's a theory that the act of writing is sometimes more than simply the expression of a thought in textual form, but the equivalent of the brain outsourcing some of the thinking process. There are thoughts that cannot be thought or even exist without the intervention of the written word. Writing isn't just organization, memory storage, or even clarification of thoughts that are already there; the act of writing is a requirement for the thought to even exist.

I remember reading about it in college (I don't remember the discipline it came out of, but I think its birth was out of cognitive theory and how the brain works), but there was an implication that once the ability to communicate with the written word is acquired, it (theoretically) increases the capacity for abstract thought because (possibly?) it's a way for the brain to communicate with itself that it can't accomplish without it.

I found some articles that hit on some of it, but the focus in most of them is the use of writing to expand existing thought and make connections between disparate ideas that are already there but require refinement, or the development of critical thinking skills, but not idea that the brain uses writing itself in the creation of thought process.

...Christ, I swear this is not the result of a mescaline and tequila night, though admittedly, I'd love the excuse.

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Can't help you there, I'm afraid, but if you come up with anything, will you post it? It's sounds truly fascinating, I've not heard this theory before. The idea that the act of writing can almost rewire the way our brains approach thought is intriguing!

Yeah, I'd love to know more!

this totally resonates with me! But don't know anything 'bout it beyond your post.

I think this is such a powerful entry (especially seeing how I am interested in neuroscience/cogntive psych) I remember learning in my learning disorders class how if someone has a writing disorder, you also see signs/problems in other areas (such as reading, math, etc). I think it may also be how language is taught/learned (such as if a child is kept isolated and not taught how to speak, that child will never know how to speak (past a certain age) and most likely wouldn't know how to write.

(Now I am word babbling) =/. I'll save this entry in my memories so I can come back on this XD

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