How's my handwriting?

By Candice Krieger
September 18, 2009

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they write. And now, thanks to Israeli scientists, you can tell even more, specifically, whether they are lying are not.

According to reports, researchers at the University of Haifa claim to have discovered a series of tell-tale clues which can be used in the handwriting of fibbers. Their system measures differences in pressure on the page, duration of the pen on and off the page and the flow of writing. Those who are lying press harder on the paper and produce taller letters than those who are telling the truth. This shows that when writing a lie, acts that are usually automatic become more controlled by the brain and performance changes, showing up in the size, duration and pressure of the false writing.

Thank goodness for computers.


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