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ERIC Number: ED381719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 9
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Demonstrating How Graphology "Works."
McCutcheon, Lynn E.
Graphology is the systematic study of handwriting as a clue to personality. The same term has been applied to less valid studies of handwriting as pursued by those with little or no understanding of the scientific method. This paper examines this latter realm of graphology. In two studies, college students and samples of convenience were asked to use graphological cues to judge the personality of a person whose handwriting sample was content-laden. Analysis revealed that subjects with no training in handwriting analysis clearly performed much better than chance in both studies. These performances were attributed to content analysis rather than graphology, since it mattered little whether the subject, handwriting sample, or personality profile was genuine. Results also indicated a correlation between education and handwriting analysis scores. A negative relationship between education and belief in the validity of handwriting analysis as observed in the first study, implied that those least likely to believe in the validity of handwriting analysis are likely to be more educated. The demonstration outlined here required little class time, produced robust results, and can be easily repeated. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Graphology