Image courtesy of Wikimedia
Image courtesy of Wikimedia

The digital age has ushered in a new wave of handwriting technologies and with it, the promise of a more advanced understanding of the psychology and physiology of handwriting movements. In their current state, such technologies enable the researcher to record a variety of complex variables which remain, however, invisible to the naked eye.


Nevetheless, in spite of all that is known about the human brain and nervous system, the age old question still endures as to why an individual's handwriting should appear precisely as it does. Until this mystery is solved, the field of graphology will continue to grapple with an overwhelming mass of data from such fields as cognitive science, computer science, neuroscience, linguistics, semiotics, pattern recognition, psychoanalysis, evolutionary theory and even astrophysics.


At all fields of art and science are regarded as contributing their own original pieces to the puzzle of what constitutes "mind in motion" or perhaps better yet, "mind as motion."


Anyone who shows me their handwriting must recognize that it is always their individuality that I seek to grasp. This cannot be merely "explained away" in terms of typology or any convenient system of data processing that modern graphologists may use. No prefabricated definitions for traits can substitute for this ability.


The modern analysis of handwriting by means of brain imaging technologies, tablets and kinesiological recordings will certainly deliver new perspectives on how writing is accomplished as a biomechanical task. The next step, is of course, what analysts have already been doing for centuries- grasping the essence of the personality at a moment's glance, the tribulations of life, and all that makes the person intelligent and uniquely human.