Introduction: Javanese Handwriting Calligraphy (JHC) is taught at the elementary & junior high school level on Java island in Indonesia. Calligraphy is part of Javanese culture and language. The number of Javanese speakers worldwide is 85 million (speakers of the 11th language worldwide). The study was conducted using elements of art and visuospatial aspects in Javanese calligraphy, not far from Chinese calligraphy, which has been proven to affect neuropsychiatric therapy. This research is a preliminary study aimed at proving JHC calming effect.
Method: Thirty elementary school students who are already proficient in writing JHC and willing to participate in the study voluntarily in placed in a quiet room, then the pulse rate was measured before and after writing calligraphy Latin letters. Next, rest for 15 minutes and measure the pulse before and after writing JHC.
Results: There is no difference in heart rate before the intervention in writing Latin and Javanese letters (p = 0.382). There is a difference in heart rate after the intervention of Latin and Javanese letters (p = 0.006). There is no difference in the value before and after the Latin letter intervention (p = 0.651). There is a difference between before and after the intervention of writing Javanese letters (p = 0.018).
Conclusion: JHC can be considered as a way of calming down. More research on different age groups and more robust designs is needed (cross-over).