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How Important is Handwriting?

How Important is Handwriting

Hardly at all you might say, especially today when most people use a computer.

The evidence, however, says otherwise.

In a revealing experiment (Nisbett and Wilson 1977), a number of exam scripts were copied twice – once in good handwriting and once in bad handwriting. They were then passed on to two groups of examiners who were told to mark them and were specifically instructed to mark for content.

Amazingly, the poorly-written scripts got significantly lower marks than the others.

Why did such a thing happen? The answer is the Halo Effect.