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On writing legibly: Processing fluency systematically biases evaluations of handwritten material

Greifeneder, Rainer and Alt, Alexander and Bottenberg, Konstantin and Seele, Tim and Zelt, Sarah and Wagener, Dietrich. (2010) On writing legibly: Processing fluency systematically biases evaluations of handwritten material. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1 (3). pp. 230-237.

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Abstract

Evaluations of handwritten essays or exams are often suspected of being biased, such as by mood states or individual predilections. Although most of these influences are unsystematic, at least one bias is problematic because it systematically affects evaluations of handwritten materials. Three experiments revealed that essays in legible as compared to less legible handwriting were evaluated more positively. This robust finding was related to a basic judgmental mechanism that builds on the fluency with which handwriting can be processed. The present research further revealed that this evaluative bias is not inevitable but can be controlled for. Given the importance of evaluations based on handwritten work samples for individual success throughout school, college, university, and work life, it is important for individuals to be aware of this bias.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Entscheidungspsychologie > Sozialpsychologie (Greifeneder)
UniBasel Contributors:Greifeneder, Rainer
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:1948-5506
e-ISSN:1948-5514
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article -- Featured in Science, 329, 370, Editors’ Choice
Language:English
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