Research Projects Handwriting Analysis

Our coordinated project activities started in 2010 and for now include the projects that reflect our aims and are based on the selected methods which are presented here. We do research in

  • Objectivity of Handwriting Analysis: Objectivity of a test ensures that the results do not depend on the person who performs the test. For the handwriting analysis that means that results should not be influenced by the graphologist.
  • Reliability of Handwriting Analysis: Reliability of a test ensures that the results are stable and do not change by the repeating of the test.
  • Validity of Handwriting Analysis: If test data are reliable, they must be valid. To be valid a test must also measure what it is supposed to be measure. So research on the validity of handwriting analysis deals with the topic if handwriting analysis is able to measure personality structures. Our research projects look at three different subdivisions of validity: construct validity, content validity, and criterion validity.

Current and past research projects on handwriting analysis:

  1. Expert Concordance: Statistical verification of expert agreement on evaluation of handwriting signs and personality traits.
  2. Computer-aided Graphology: Development and enhancement of computer program and database HSDetect / HSData as a basis for validation researches.
  3. Validation of Handwriting Analysis against 16 PF-R-test: Validation study on the congruence of the results of 16 PF-R-test and handwriting analysis performed by the computer program HSDetect.
  4. Ring trails for Handwriting Analysis: Method to proof that the statements made by graphologists, handwriting experts or grapho therapists are reliably identifiable and are determinable with an acceptable level of precision in order to apply the validity of the methods used within graphology and handwriting expertise.
  5. Validation of Handwriting Analysis against D2-Concentration Test: Criterion validity of computer-aided graphological analysis against concentration test D2.
  6. Validation of Handwriting Analysis against NEO FFI Test (Big Five): Criterion validity of computer-aided graphological analysis against NEO FFI test.
  7. Validation of Handwriting Analysis against Emotional Intelligence Test (Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0)
  8. Graphic Tablet: Analysis of different writing patterns (normal, accurate and careless) and evaluation of handwriting signs using the software program CSWin (connected to the Wacom graphic tablet) compared to the evaluation of graphologists.
  9. HSD Assessment Database: Development of a common database of handwritings and their evaluations. The database should serve as a base for statistical researches.