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Research Study

Through a series of questions, this study seeks to establish information about relationships and the correlation between that and the slant in handwriting.  This study is purely voluntary and no-one will be forced to complete the forms.  All the forms will remain completely anonymous and at no time will your name and address be requested by the researcher.  You must be over 18 to participate.  Results from the research will be published online and made available to interested parties.

This is a quotation taken from the Dana Foundation website explaining how writing indicates problems psychologically, physiologically and pathologically.
‘Anatomically, even scrawling a quick note to yourself, “pick up milk,” is a complex voluntary procedure, engaging the cooperation of all lobes of your cerebral cortex with other parts of your brain—including the limbic system, hippocampus, brain stem, and cerebellum—and finally the spinal cord, which sends impulses out to your hands and fingers. Damage to any of these parts will affect your fingers. Once the signal is initiated, it travels along the pyramidal track—which monitors fine movements—to the fingers. Along the way, it passes through the limbic system, where emotion can again affect the signal, through the hippocampus, where memory can have an effect, and through the basal ganglia, which modifies the fine motor control necessary to write. When passing through areas in the brainstem such as the pons and the medulla, the signal can be altered by primitive impulses or unconscious desires. Before the signal exits the brain, the cerebellum plays a critical role by programming the entire process into an automatic habit. This programmed routine combines physical aspects of writing with its psychosocial and emotional counterparts’

Fig 1: Protractor showing slant in handwriting

It is likely that this questionnaire will take in the region of 15 minutes to complete; no psychological or social risk is envisaged as the study is designed to take factual information only.
The statements below concern how you feel in emotionally intimate relationships. We are interested in how you generally experience relationships, not just in what is happening in a current relationship. The statements below concern how you generally feel in your relationship with your romantic partner (i.e., a girlfriend, boyfriend, or spouse). Each item is rated on a 7-point scale where 1 = strongly disagree and 7 = strongly agree. Respond to each statement by marking on the scale to indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement.


The Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R) Questionnaire
Fraley, Waller, and Brennan (2000)