- 昭和女子大学生活心理研究所紀要 = Annual bulletin of Institute of Psychological Studies, Showa Women's University (ISSN:18800548)
- vol.14, pp.31-40, 2012-03-31
Handwriting samples of a given Japanese text were collected from female student participants (N=50). Affective impressions regarding the appearance of the handwriting samples were assessed using the Semantic Differential technique. A factor analysis revealed three dimensions of impressions about handwriting, which were semantically similar to the dimensions of person perception. Another panel of female students inferred the big-five personality traits of the writers from the handwriting samples. All inferred personality traits were moderately or strongly correlated with at least one dimension of the impressions about handwriting. However, there were no satistically significant correlations between the dimensions of impressions about the handwriting and the writer's actual personality traits as assessed by the Big-Five Scales. The process and the fallaciousness of naive graphological inferences are discussed.