Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I came across this not-very-surprising summary of a research report on how legible handwriting earns better grades, in the Editor's choice portion of a recent Science magazine (the original citation Soc. Psychol. Pers. Sci. 1, 230 (2010) is not available at my University).

Essentially, better handwriting earned an approximately 8% premium, for otherwise identical essays.

When evaluators are made aware of this bias, the premium disappears.

It served as a painful reminder of how shoddy my own handwriting has become.

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