Zweigenhaft, Richard L.; Marlowe, David
November 1973
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Nov1973, Vol. 6 Issue 9, p564
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a study which focused on the expressive behaviors related to underlying determinants of conduct. According to the study conducted for the analysis of handwriting and personal signatures that is almost completely ignored by serious students of personality and assessment, the high self-esteem condition showed a significant increase in the size of their signatures. When the relationship between status and signature size was examined, the presidential signatures were significantly larger that the normal signatures. on examining the signature size in terms of an ascribed status--sex, since females are in fact the physically smaller sex, the possibility that such a difference in signature size, might simply be due to smaller stature and not lesser status was considered. Performing same tests on students and other personalities, the studies constitute compelling evidence linking the size of personal signatures to status and self-esteem. This study reports on a developing technique for the potential measurement and understanding of biological substrates of individual differences in behavioral intelligence.


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