Graphonomics and its contribution to the field of motor behavior: A position statement

Arend W.A. Van Gemmert, Jose L. Contreras-Vidal

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The term graphonomics was conceived in the early 1980s; it defined a multidisciplinary emerging field focused on handwriting and drawing movements. Researchers in the field of graphonomics have made important contribution to the field of motor behavior by developing models aimed to conceptualize the production of fine motor movements using graphical tools. Although skeptics have argued that recent technological advancements would reduce the impact of graphonomic research, a shift of focus within in the field of graphonomics into fine motor tasks in general proves the resilience of the field. Moreover, it has been suggested that the use of fine motor movements due to technological advances has increased in importance in everyday life. It is concluded that the International Graphonomics Society can have a leading role in fostering collaborative multidisciplinary efforts and can help with the dissemination of findings contributing to the field of human movement sciences to a larger public.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-168
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Movement Science
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Drawing
  • Fingers
  • Hand
  • Handwriting
  • Manual control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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