MovAlyzeR® is a software package for handwriting movement analysis for research and professional applications created by Dr. Hans-Leo Teulings, owner of the Neuroscript® Company. Handwriting movements are recorded using a digitizing tablet connected to a computer. MovAlyzeR® is used in many different fields ranging from research in kinesiology, psychology, education, geriatrics, neurology, psychiatry, occupational therapy, forensic document examination or questioned document examination, computer science, to educational demonstrations or student projects in these fields.
MovAlyzeR® captures, understands and compares complex human movement patterns, enabling the user to draw conclusions immediately after each test. The movement recording and processing accuracy, including a customizable noise filtering feature, is of the highest standard available. MovAlyzeR® segments complex movement patterns into a sequence of discrete movements (strokes), which can be further subdivided into an initial, goal-directed part and a final, fine-adjustment part. It quantifies each stroke into several features: Amplitude, direction, duration, dysfluency, straightness, loop area and more. Users can even add their own features through integration with such systems as Matlab. MovAlyzeR® can chart each stroke in a trial with all of its features with several averaging and summarization options to produce datasets that can be charted and entered into statistical analysis programs.
During my PhD research I used the aforementioned software (Version 6.1.) during the procedure and the recording of the pen movements, which was selected among other recording software packages, because of its higher functionality, scientific documentation, statistical capabilities, detailed measurement and ability to record and analyze dynamic characteristics such as duration and velocity (e.g., Pantelyat et al, 2014; Johnson et al, 2015; Ketcham and Rodriguez 2007; Mohammed et al, 2010). Furthermore MovAlyzeR® software exports the data per segment to MS Excel.