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The real reason I never write longhand

A study out of Haifa University, Israel, shows that the way a person writes with a pen can reveal lies as well as traditional lie-detector tests. With a digital tablet it's possible to measure for instance " the duration of time that the pen is on paper versus in the air, the length height and width of each writing stroke, the pressure implemented on the writing surface." Comparing this to normal writing patterns electronically will reveal whether the person writing is lying or not. (A similar method can be used to spot early signs of diseases such as Alzheimer's.)

If this is true, governments have yet another reason not to use torture (as if they needed any more). The pen, they ought to remember, is mightier than the sword.

Sources: Videnskab.dk & Wiley.com
 

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jakobdrud
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)
Well, at the very least they'll have to refrain from breaking people's fingers ;-)

Seriously, the potential for spotting early stages of Alzheimer's, or help children with reading disorders seems to be an even greater advantage of this method.

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