- Title Pages
- Introduction: The myth of 10% and other Tall Tales about the mind and the brain
- Chapter 1 Cognitive factors underlying paranormal beliefs and experiences
- Chapter 2 Critically thinking about paranormal belief
- Chapter 3 The magic in the brain: how conjuring works to deceive our minds
- Chapter 4 The legend of the magical number seven
- Chapter 5 Setting the record (or video camera) straight on memory: the video camera model of memory and other memory myths
- Chapter 6 The myth of the incredible eyewitness
- Chapter 7 We have got the whole child witness thing figured out, or have we?
- Chapter 8 Is bigger really better? The search for brain size and intelligence in the twenty-first century
- Chapter 9 Biology and intelligence—the race/IQ controversy
- Chapter 10 The Mozart effect: it's time to face the music!
- Chapter 11 The powers and perils of intuition
- Chapter 12 Creative thinking: the mystery myth
- Chapter 13 The more, the merrier: facts and beliefs about the bilingual mind
- Chapter 14 The merry vibes of Wintzer: the tale of foreign accent syndrome
- Chapter 15 Talking with the dead, communicating with the future and other myths created by cold reading
- Chapter 16 Graphology—a total write-off
- Chapter 17 The truth about deception
- Chapter 18 The dual-brain myth
- Chapter 19 The neurology of the weird: brain states and anomalous experience
- Chapter 20 The myth of the clonable human brain
- Chapter 21 Out on a limb: neglect and confabulation in the study of aplasic phantoms
- Chapter 22 Imagery and blindness
- Chapter 23 Something wicked this way comes: causes and interpretations of sleep paralysis
- Chapter 24 The power of the full moon. Running on empty?
- Chapter 25 Ouija, dowsing and other seductions of ideomotor action
- Chapter 26 Inducing out-of-body experiences
- Chapter 27 Can mind conquer cancer?
- Chapter 28 The elusive search for a ‘gay gene’
- Chapter 29 To sleep, perchance to REM? The rediscovered role of emotion and meaning in dreams
Graphology—a total write-off
Graphology—a total write-off
- (p.233) Chapter 16 Graphology—a total write-off
- Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain
Barry L. Beyerstein
- Oxford University Press
Graphology, or handwriting analysis, is the allegedly scientific practice of determining people's psychological, social, occupational and medical attributes, as well their moral stature, from the configuration of their letters, lines, and paragraphs on a page. Graphologists strenuously deny, though there is much evidence to the contrary, that they pay any attention to the contents of the scripts they analyse. Following some definitions and historical background, this chapter presents the logical and scientific objections to graphology. It then discusses the psychological research on the ‘subjective validation effect’ which explains why a practice that consistently fails well-controlled empirical tests can still seem utterly convincing to intelligent, educated people who run across it in everyday settings.
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