August 22, 2013

The Risk of Reduced Physical Activity in Children with Probable Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Prospective Longitudinal Study

The Risk of Reduced Physical Activity in Children with Probable Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Prospective Longitudinal Study

Green, Dido; Lingam, Raghu; Mattocks, Calum; Riddoch, Chris; Ness, Andy; Emond, Alan
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2011

The aim of the current study was to test the hypothesis that children with probable Developmental Coordin...
ation Disorder have an increased risk of reduced moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), using data from a large population based study. Prospectively collected data from 4331 children (boys = 2065, girls = 2266) who had completed motor coordination testing at 7 years and accelerometry at 12 years were analysed from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).

Probable DCD (p-DCD) was defined, using criteria based on the DSM IV classification, as those children below the 15th centile of the ALSPAC Coordination Test at seven years who had a functional impairment in activities of daily living or handwriting, excluding children with a known neurological diagnosis or IQ less than 70. Secondary exposure variables consisted of subtests from the ALSPAC Coordination test (manual dexterity, ball skills and balance). Objective measurement of the average daily minutes of MVPA was recorded as [greater than or equal] 3600 counts per minute (cpm) using actigraph accelerometry. Boys with p-DCD were less physically active than boys without DCD (mean difference in MVPA 4.36 cpm, t = 2.69; p = 0.007).

For boys, targeting skill (bean bag toss) was related to increased MVPA, after adjustment for confounding factors including neonatal, family and environmental factors as well as Body Mass Index at age seven and 12 years ([beta] = 0.76, t = 3.37, p less than 0.001, CI 0.32-1.20). There was no difference in level of MVPA in girls with and without p-DCD (mean difference 1.35 min, t = 0.97, p = 0.31), which may reflect the low levels of MVPA of girls in this cohort.

Our findings suggest that the presence of movement difficulties, particularly poor targeting (bean bag toss/ball skills), at a young age is a potential risk factor for reduced MVPA in boys.

Activities and Participation in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Systematic Review

Activities and Participation in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Systematic Review

Magalhaes, L. C.; Cardoso, A. A.; Missiuna, C.
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2011

Purpose:
To systematically review all literature published in peer reviewed journals from January 1995 to July 2008 in order to summarize and describe the activity limitatio...
ns and participation restrictions of children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD)

Methods:
Multiple databases were systematically searched for articles related to DCD; only descriptive, intervention or qualitative articles were retained. Articles were coded using the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) and descriptions of the activity and participation issues of individuals with DCD were identified.

Results:
Data analysis revealed that, from 371 articles that met inclusion criteria, only 44 (14.4%) presented any data related to activity or participation issues. Information was inconsistent and only 18 articles used published measurement tools. Most frequently cited issues were poor handwriting, difficulties playing ball games, getting dressed and participating in organized sports. Conclusion: Evidence concerning activity and participation issues for children with DCD is limited in both volume and scope. Improved understanding of participation and of activity limitations in children with DCD is essential for clarifying diagnostic criteria, guiding assessment, and making evidence-based decisions regarding intervention. Researchers working with this population should make every effort to measure and consistently report the impact of children's motor impairments on function

Characterization of Motor Control in Handwriting Difficulties in Children with or without Developmental Coordination Disorder

Characterization of Motor Control in Handwriting Difficulties in Children with or without Developmental Coordination Disorder

Chang, Shao-Hsia; Yu, Nan-Ying
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2010-Mar

Aim:
The purpose of this study was to characterize handwriting deficits in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) using computerized movement analyses.

Method:
Seventy-two children (40 females, 32 males; mean age 7y, SD 7mo; range 6y 2mo to 7y 11mo) with handwriting deficits (33 with DCD, 39 without DCD); and 22 age- and sex-matched children without handwriting deficits were asked to perform handwriting tasks on a digital tablet for the collection of kinematic and kinetic data. Practice times required to achieve automation of movement when writing an unfamiliar character were used to assess the motor learning of handwriting. The children were asked to copy three simple and three complex characters, and the velocity and axial pen force used for corresponding strokes were compared.

Results:
The attainment of automated handwriting was markedly slower in children with handwriting deficits and DCD, who used a faster stroke velocity to write simple characters (1.22 times those without handwriting deficits), but when writing complex characters, their stroke velocity and pen force were lower (0.85 and 0.89 times those without handwriting deficits, respectively).

Interpretation:
By linking the results with neuromotor control theories, it was determined that children with DCD have difficulties performing the open-loop and closed-loop movements required for fluent handwriting.

August 20, 2013

Parents decry lack of awareness about dyslexia

(...) "Even though the child may know the answers, a bad scribe can make things worse which can be extremely demoralizing for the child," said Manisha Gogte, president of Dyslexia Association of Andhra Pradesh"

More information: "Parents decry lack of awareness about dyslexia" (Ananya BanerjeeAnanya Banerjee, TNN) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Parents-decry-lack-of-awareness-about-dyslexia/articleshow/21926961.cms

Video Games May Treat Dyslexia

"Attention training might trump language practice in treating dyslexia, and video games might provide just that, according to a recent study in Current Biology." (...)

More information: "Video Games May Treat Dyslexia
Honing visual attention boosts reading ability" (Michele Solis) :
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=video-games-make-treat-dyslexia

With Dyslexia Bills Signed, New Jersey Formally Recognizes Reading Disorder

With Dyslexia Bills Signed, New Jersey Formally Recognizes Reading Disorder (John Mooney)

 "Advocates warn that putting dyslexia in law and code is only first step in process to overcome common disorder" (...):


http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/08/12/with-dyslexia-bills-signed-new-jersey-formally-recognizes-the-reading-disorder/

Device Uses Handwriting to Detect Neurological Disorders

Device Uses Handwriting to Detect Neurological Disorders
Bobbie Mixon, National Science Foundation
http://www.livescience.com/38469-tablet-detects-early-parkinsons-nsf-ria.html

UT Arlington scientists use crowdfunding to support research

(...) "Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is when young children have motor skills below their age level. Problems with handwriting or in physical education can result in mental health issues when the child feels a-typical to his or ...her peers. DCD affects between six and 10 percent of children." (...)

More information: UT Arlington scientists use crowdfunding to support research (JONATHAN RIENSTRA ) 

"Brain scans may help diagnose dyslexia.


"Brain scans may help diagnose dyslexia. Differences in a key language structure can be seen even before children start learning to read "
(Anne Trafton, MIT News Office)

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/brain-scans-may-help-diagnose-dyslexia-0813.html

Relationships between Handwriting Performance and Organizational Abilities among Children with and without Dysgraphia: A Preliminary Study

Relationships between Handwriting Performance and Organizational Abilities among Children with and without Dysgraphia: A Preliminary Study

Rosenblum, Sara; Aloni, Tsipi; Josman, Naomi
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2010

Organizational ability constitutes one executive function (EF) component essential for common everyday performance. The study aim was to exp...
lore the relationship between handwriting performance and organizational ability in school-aged children.

Participants were 58 males, aged 7-8 years, 30 with dysgraphia and 28 with proficient handwriting. Group allocation was based on children's scores in the Handwriting Proficiency Screening Questionnaire (HPSQ).

They performed the Hebrew Handwriting Evaluation (HHE), and their parents completed the Questionnaire for Assessing Students' Organizational Abilities-for Parents (QASOA-P). Significant differences were found between the groups for handwriting performance (HHE) and organizational abilities (QASOA-P).

Significant correlations were found in the dysgraphic group between handwriting spatial arrangement and the QASOA-P mean score. Linear regression indicated that the QASOA-P mean score explained 42% of variance of handwriting proficiency (HPSQ). Based on one discriminant function, 81% of all participants were correctly classified into groups.

Study results strongly recommend assessing organizational difficulties in children referred for therapy due to handwriting deficiency
 

EURASIP SEMINAR ON ONLINE HANDWRITEN ANALYSIS


EURASIP SEMINAR ON ONLINE HANDWRITEN ANALYSIS
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_MqtcZVMuFSc29nUEpJakhGVTQ/edit?usp=sharing




Sara Rosenblum (University of Haifa)
Graduate Diploma in Psychological analysis of handwriting family orientation and professional
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe)

MORE INFORMATION:http://www.uab.cat/servlet/Satellite/postgraduate/graduate-certificate-in-psychological-analysis-of-handwriting-familiy-orientation-and-professional/basic-details-1217916968009.html/param1-1978_en/param2-2003/

Handwriting Development in Grade 2 and Grade 3 Primary School Children with Normal, At Risk, or Dysgraphic Characteristics

Handwriting Development in Grade 2 and Grade 3 Primary School Children with Normal, At Risk, or Dysgraphic Characteristics
Overvelde, Anneloes; Hulstijn, Wouter
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2011

The wide variation in prevalence of dysgraphic handwriting (5-33%) is of clinical importance, because poor handwriting has been identified as one of the most commo...
n reasons for referring school-age children to occupational therapy or physiotherapy, and is included as an criterion for the diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder.

This study aimed to map the development and improvement in handwriting during the early grades to differentiate between temporary and consistent dysgraphic handwriting.

In this longitudinal and cross-sectional study, children in grade 2 (age 7-8 years, n = 169) and grade 3 (8-9 years, n = 70) took handwriting (Concise Assessment Method for Children's Handwriting; acronym BHK) and visuomotor integration (BeeryVMI) screening tests twice within one school year.

Dysgraphia decreased strongly from 37% to 17% in grade 2 and diminished further to a low and stable rate of 6% in grade 3. Stability in handwriting quality only occurred in the children whose scores were within the normal range. The "at risk" and "dysgraphic" children continued to show significant and substantial improvement during grades 2 and 3. BeeryVMI was inappropriate as a screening instrument for handwriting problems.

It was concluded that handwriting must be consistently dysgraphic before making any decisions about a diagnosis of dysgraphia or referral for therapy.

August 18, 2013

Changes in Kinetics and Kinematics of Handwriting during a Prolonged Writing Task in Children with and without Dysgraphia

Changes in Kinetics and Kinematics of Handwriting during a Prolonged Writing Task in Children with and without Dysgraphia

Kushki, Azadeh; Schwellnus, Heidi; Ilyas, Faizah; Chau, Tom
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2011

Handwriting difficulties or dysgraphia have a profound impact on children's psychosocial development, and yet, 10-30% of school-aged children ...
are reported to experience difficulties mastering this skill. Several studies have examined the nature and biomechanical underpinnings of handwriting difficulties in children with and without dysgraphia.

While the majority of these studies have considered short handwriting activities involving a sentence or a paragraph, handwriting quality and speed are reported to vary with the length of the writing task. Further, it is suggested that the biomechanics of handwriting also evolve over extended writing periods, and that these changes may be distinct between children with and without dysgraphia.

The nature and specificity of these biomechanical alterations remain unknown. To address this knowledge gap, we examined changes in writing speed, grip forces on the pen barrel, and normal forces on the writing surface, over the course of a 10-min writing task, in a large cohort of 4th grade children with and without dysgraphia. Horizontal stroke speed, grip force and normal force increased over time while vertical stroke speed decreased in all children.

These biomechanical changes may be attributable to physical and psychological fatigue and the corresponding compensatory processes invoked by the motor system.

Effects of Neoprene Wrist/Hand Splints on Handwriting for Students with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome: A Single System Design Study

Effects of Neoprene Wrist/Hand Splints on Handwriting for Students with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome: A Single System Design Study

Frohlich, Lauren; Wesley, Alison; Wallen, Margaret; Bundy, Anita
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatri...
cs, 2012

Purpose:
Pain associated with hypermobility of wrist and hand joints can contribute to decreased handwriting output. This study examined the effectiveness of a neoprene wrist/hand splint in reducing pain and increasing handwriting speed and endurance for students with joint hypermobility syndrome.

Methods:
Multiple baseline, single system design (SSD) methodology was used. Four ninth grade students with handwriting difficulties because of joint hypermobility syndrome participated in this study.

Results:
Visual and statistical (two standard deviation band method) analyses indicated a significant decrease in handwriting speed when using the splint for three out of four participants. No significant change in pain or endurance was noted during intervention. There was a significant decrease in pain following withdrawal of the splint for three participants.

Conclusion:
Evidence from this study does not support use of this particular splint for decreasing pain and increasing handwriting speed and endurance for ninth grade students with joint hypermobility syndrome.

Handwriting, Visuomotor Integration, and Neurological Condition at School Age

Handwriting, Visuomotor Integration, and Neurological Condition at School Age
Van Hoorn, Jessika F.; Maathuis, Carel G. B.; Peters, Lieke H. J.; Hadders-Algra, Mijna
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2010-Oct

Aim: The study investigated the relationships between handwriting, visuomotor integration, and neurological condition. We paid particular attention to the presence of minor neurologi...
cal dysfunction (MND).

Method : Participants were 200 children (131 males, 69 females; age range 8-13y) of whom 118 received mainstream education (mean age 10y 5mo, SD 1y 4mo) and 82 special education (mean age 10y 8mo, SD 1y 2mo). Each child had four assessments: a neurological examination, which paid attention to the type and severity of MND, a test to measure motor performance, a handwriting test, and the Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration.

Results: Dysgraphic handwriting and slow writing speed were closely related to the severity of neurological dysfunction (both p less than 0.001); impaired visuomotor integration was related to the presence of MND (p less than 0.001) but somewhat less to its severity. Impaired handwriting and visuomotor integration were strongly related to two specific dysfunctions: fine manipulative disability and coordination problems (both p less than 0.001). Impaired visuomotor integration was weakly related to dysfunctional muscle tone regulation (p=0.009) and sensory dysfunction (p=0.042).

Interpretation: Poor handwriting and impaired visuomotor integration are related to MND, but in a differential way. Poor handwriting is related to the severity of neurological dysfunction and to dysfunctions of complex supraspinal circuitries. Impaired visuomotor integration is associated with the presence of any of the most common types of MND.

Writing (neuromuscular and psychic act)

 
 
 
 
(...) "From the graphological point of view, writing (a neuromuscular and psychic act) is understood to be a convergence of voluntary physical gestures that, via a semiconscious-learning process, become internalised, automatic and personali...sed due to a series of biological factors and to the sum of socio-cultural experiences."


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Photo credit: INTEF

Predictors of Handwriting in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Predictors of Handwriting in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Hellinckx, Tinneke; Roeyers, Herbert; Van Waelvelde, Hilde
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2013-Jan

During writing, perceptual, motor, and cognitive processes interact. This study explored the predictive value of several factors on handwriting quality as well as on speed in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
 
Our results showed that, in this population, age, gender, and visual-motor integration significantly predicted handwriting quality, whereas age, reading abilities, and fine motor coordination had an impact on handwriting speed. These results indicate that, although reading abilities are often overlooked, handwriting remediation in children with ASD should tackle reading skills as well

UAB building - Casa Convalescència

 
 
 
 
UAB building - Casa Convalescència
Campus Barcelona
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

The Casa de Convalescència, one of the last great works of Catalan Modernism, forms part of the complex of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. The...
complex was designed in the late 19th century to alleviate the shortage of hospital space in Barcelona. The hospital of Santa Creu, dating from 1401 and situated in the old city centre (Casc Antic) had become obsolete due the city's growth and breakthroughs in medicine.

The construction of the Casa was supervised by Pere Domènech i Roura. Initially he worked with his father, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and then took over as supervisor after the latter's death in 1923.

In 1930, on the occasion of the visit by King Alphonse XIII to open the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, the Casa de Convalescència was opened.

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona was granted use of the building in 1969 to develop different academic activities and to consolidate the university's presence in the city.

The whole hospital complex, including the Casa, was declared Historical Artistic Monument in 1978 and World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
 
 
 
The Casa is a unique building rich in modernist elements. It has a surface area of 6,245 m2 distributed over four floors and a basement. In structural terms it maintains the Catalan modernist tradition of ceilings comprised of brick vaults and metal girders that tense the flattened arches, made of bare-brickwork rowlock arches.

The stairs that lead to the upper floors are made of marble or calcareous stone.

Source: Casa de Convalescència

POSTGRADUATE DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF HANDWRITING






POSTGRADUATE DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF HANDWRITING
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe)

Psychological analysis of children’s and adolescents’ handwriting: Indications of developmental normality / abnormality. Foundations for applying Ajuriaguerra scales. Doodles, drawings and writing.
Real examples with graphic samples (writing and drawings) in clinical histories and psychotherapeutic developments.

PSYCHODIAGNOSTIC BY THE HANDWRITING

PSYCHODIAGNOSTIC BY THE HANDWRITING

The aim of this book is to provide a new medium for the diagnosis and analysis of personality, parting from the viewpoint of post-Freudian psychological examination and seeing handwriting analysis as a scientifically recognised technique. The classic types established by handwriting analysis in relation to temperament and character are the starting point of the...
investigation. The authors study the most profound and enigmatic aspects of personality through one of the most advanced elements of psychoanalysis: Transactional Analysis, a method that detects elements of emotional intelligence that are reflected in handwriting. In this practical manual we learn to value the characteristics of script through a methodology that is eminently pedagogic to obtain a complete and reliable portrait of human tendencies, predispositions and behaviour. By merit of its multi-disciplined focus it is a tool of great usefulness, not only for psychology, psychiatry, social anthropology and human resources, but also for the fields of criminal studies, social and religious assistance, teaching, public relations, drama and many other areas of human knowledge. Of interest to: psychologists, graphologists, anthropologists, teachers, social workers, Human Resource departments, recruitment agencies and research agencies.

VIÑALS, Francisco - PUENTE, Mariluz (1999): Psicodiagnóstico por la Escritura. Grafoanálisis Transaccional (Translation: Psychodiagnostic by the handwriting.), Barcelona, Herder editor, Introduction by Augusto Vels, 351 pp,

Campus of International Excellence (2013)

Campus of International Excellence (2013)
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe)
http://youtu.be/t5byT_Hx93E

Neuroscience of the reading process






Neuroscience of the reading processhttp://www.grafoanalisis.com/w_neuroscience.pdf

“GRAPHOLOGY AND SCIENCE, VALIDATION WITH 150 STATE DOCTORAL THESIS



“GRAPHOLOGY AND SCIENCE, VALIDATION WITH 150 STATE DOCTORAL THESIS” BY PROFESSORS MARILUZ PUENTE AND FRANCISCO VIÑALS
http://www.grafoanalisis.com/w_graphology_and_science.pdf

Graduate Diploma in Psychological analysis of handwriting familiy orientation and professional

Graduate Diploma in Psychological analysis of handwriting familiy orientation and professional
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe)

Pedagogical and social graphopsychology studies the developing individual's expression, learning, family and socio-professional relations, considering parameters that connect motor, emotional, affective, relationship and cognitive aspects, i.e., psychomotor and psychosocial aspects, implied in holistic development.

This identity...
born in a psychosomatic dimension, shaped by society and represented by body image, is analyzed for its importance in a culture that imprints its particular signature, and among other aspects, certain calligraphy models representative of the cultural identity, the deep discourse from which it emerges in non-verbal language, and clearly identifiable in the graphical gesture of doodle, drawing and mostly in writing.

Graphopsychology applied to education, family and professional guidance contributes methodologies and techniques aimed at understanding the child and adolescence, his or her difficulties, problems, adaptation, and it improves learning, the family and social environment, as well as development towards a profession, vocation, possibilities, leadership, and it makes it possible to carry out biographical studies through writing

MORE INFORMATION:
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February 19, 2013

3Doodler: 3D Printing Pen





(...)" Have you ever just wished you could lift your pen off the paper and see your drawing become a real three dimensional object? Well now you can!

3Doodler is the world’s first and only 3D Printing Pen. Using ABS plastic (the material used by many 3D printers), 3Doodler draws in the air or on surfaces. It’s compact and easy to use, and requires no software or computers.(...)

More information:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351910088/3doodler-the-worlds-first-3d-printing-pen


3D intro video:
http://youtu.be/DQWyhezIze4

March 17, 2011

Museum of Graphology "Augusto Vels"

The Council of Museums in the Region of Murcia (Spain) recognizes the permanent exhibition of Graphology 'Augusto Vels' of Puerto Lumbreras as 'museum collection'.

The graphologist Augusto Vels was President and promoter of the Agrupación de Grafoanalistas Consultivos de España -AGC-
  
News articles (Spanish)
http://www.puertolumbreras.es/noticia.asp?id=7049

Murcia.com:
http://www.murcia.com/puertolumbreras/noticias/2011/03/17-consejo-museos-region-murcia-reconoce.asp

November 30, 2010

GRAPHOLOGY AND SCIENCE. VALIDATION WITH 150 DOCTORAL THESES



PUENTE, Mariluz and VIÑALS, Francisco (2010): Grafología y Ciencia. Validación con 150 tesis doctorales (Translation: Graphology and Science. Validation with 150 doctoral theses), Barcelona, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Graphology, like projective techniques with which it has much in common, is validated above all by correlation. A total of 150 theses are exhibited in this revisory work, many of which deal with interdisciplinary material where particularities and characteristics are correlated with personality elements or factors, framed within a doctoral thesis, which is a work of scientific research and thus follows all the required guarantees with regards methodology.
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November 22, 2010

Joseph Seiler and the Book of Kells



Joseph Seiler was a great expert in the Book of Kells.
He effected an exhaustive description and interpretation.

In Memoriam: Joseph Seiler: http://josephseiler.blogspot.com/
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The Book of Kells:

- The University of British Columbia: http://www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/kells.html

- Pictures: http://www.snake.net/people/paul/kells/

- Video (Trinity College Dublin): http://www.bookofkells.com/videos/bookOfKellsDVD-ROM-short.html

"The Book of Kells (Trinity College Dublin MS 58) is celebrated for its lavish decoration. The manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin), in a bold and expert version of the script known as "insular majuscule". The place of origin of the Book of Kells is generally attributed to the scriptorium of the monastery founded around 561 by St Colum Cille on Iona, an island off the west coast of Scotland. In 806, following a Viking raid on the island which left 68 of the community dead, the Columban monks took refuge in a new monastery at Kells, County Meath. It must have been close to the year 800 that the Book of Kells was written, although there is no way of knowing if the book was produced wholly at Iona or at Kells, or partially at each location. It has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid 19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year. Since 1953 it has been bound in four volumes. Two volumes are on public view, one opened to display a major decorated page, and one to show two pages of script. The volumes are changed at regular intervals." Trinity College Dublin
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November 9, 2010

Master's degree in Graphology: Photographic Gallery


Ceremony for the European Master's degree in Graphology
at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)


Photographic Gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariluzpuente/sets/72157625140407729/show/

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September 19, 2010

UAB ranks among the top 200 universities in the world

08.09.2010 Studying - UAB has moved up 38 positions in the QS World University Ranking 2010 and finds itself for the first time among the top 200 universities of the world. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona occupies position 173 in this year's ranking. It also ranks among the top 100 universities in the areas of arts and humanities (95), natural sciences (71) and social sciences (85). With regard to life sciences and medicine, UAB has moved up 27 positions. In the ranking of European universities, UAB is listed at 75, seventeen points higher than last year's ranking. The number of Spanish universities listed among the top 500 of the world also improves from eight to ten. UB and UAB are the only two to figure among the top 200 universities.

These positions are the result of its internationally contrasted prestige and the quality of its academics and researchers.

This is the seventh edition of the QS World University Ranking. This year's ranking is headed by UK's Cambridge University, the first time a non-American university reaches number one; until now Harvard University had always occupied first place.

15,000 questionnaires

QS compiles its ranking by using Scopus sources, the largest academic publications database in the world. However, in contrast to other rankings based on statistical indicators of research, QS World University Ranking also works with surveys. The latest edition was compiled with the help of 15,000 questionnaires sent out to academics throughout the world.

The survey represented 40% of the general qualification for each university. Scopus databases of the number of citations per academic were weighted 20%. The internationalisation of each university were evaluated based on the percentage of foreign faculty members (5%) and foreign students (5%). Teaching quality was rated according to the number of students per lecturer. The remaining 10% was based on surveys regarding graduates and their entry into the labour market.

Until 2009, QS (Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd) had been in charge of carrying out rankings for The Times. Starting this year each company has decided to create its own independent ranking.

US and UK hegemony

Third and fourth place in the ranking are occupied by Yale University, USA, and University College London, UK. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has moved up from ninth to fifth place this year.

The list of top 10 universities is completed with Oxford University, Imperial College London, University of Chicago, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Princeton University.

Source: Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe)

July 5, 2010

UAB, YOU'VE GOT TO LIVE IT



UAB, you've got to live it !!!

Video included in the UAB 2010 campaign



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UAB works towards shaping an area of R&D&I excellence and making it the most important scientific pole of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean.
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June 8, 2010

GRAPHOLOGY AND SYMBOLISM OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN

GRAPHOLOGY AND SYMBOLISM OF THE NORT AMERICAN INDIAN

Puente, ML. and Viñals, F. (2004): "La Simbología: Base de la interpretación grafológica", Bulletin 33, AGC, Barcelona, Spain
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This article explains the relation between Symbolism and Graphology across the Iroquois pictographs (only Spanish)

February 4, 2010

THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY AND GRAPHOLOGY: DOCTORAL DISSERTATION


Doctoral dissertation about the Right of Privacy and Graphology:

" El Derecho a la intimidad y la grafología" presented by Doraye Rueda del Valle in 2006 at the Faculty of Law, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). Published by Editorial Porrúa (México).

January 19, 2010

Graphology in Spanish Universities

2010 1st Year of European Graphologists – 10th Year of Graphopsychologists - 15th Year of Handwriting Analysts – 75th Anniversary of Graphology in Spanish Universities.

On behalf of the Management Team, we would like to congratulate everyone in this extraordinary 2010, which we begin with the first Year of the Masters in European Graphoanalysis. On completion of their research projects, graduates will be conferred as the first European Graphoanalysts, as their ECTS credits are recognised in the twenty-seven European Union countries. The Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – UAB) is the first European university to achieve this considerable status.

Just a few hours ago we said farewell to 2009 as the Year of Tribute to Prof. Augusto Vels, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Spanish Association of Consultant Graphologists (Agrupación de Grafoanalistas Consultivos de España – AGC), culminating in the publication of a special monographic yearbook that came out for the Christmas holidays: Lecciones Magistrales de Augusto Vels, which includes a series of testimonials, some of which unfortunately could not be published because the book had already gone to print, but which will nonetheless be collected together in a complete digital format available to the public on the ICG website.

The Year of Vels 2009 reached its pinnacle with the academic events carried out in the Autonomous University of Barcelona in the month of October in the presence of the Professor's children and grandchildren, who were given a commemorative plaque, and with the participation of Prof. Josep Llobet, Representative Director of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office; Prof. Francisco Viñals and Prof. Mariluz Puente, the Directors of Graphology Studies at the UAB; Prof. Dolors Mora, Prof. Lynn Perez-Calvo Soler and Prof. Pilar Mèlich, representatives of the AGC’s Board of Directors and Professors of Graphology at the UAB; Prof. Helena Soler García de Soria, representative of the Founding Board; Prof. Jordi Morera, representative of the AGC in the Museo Augusto Vels; Prof. Joan Maria Ferran Aymar and Prof. Josep Capdevila, representatives of the Technical Council; Prof. Dor Alfred Gauthier, representative of the Teachers’ Honours Board; as well as Prof. Santiago Estaún, the Head of the Psychology Department, together with recent UAB graduates.

During the celebration, the importance of Prof. Augusto Vels's grapho-analytical system was highlighted as an exponent of the Spanish School of Graphology, complemented by Viñals & Puente's Transactional Graphoanalysis. Both systems have been validated by doctoral theses in Spanish universities and constitute one of the main reasons for the growing success of Spanish Graphology internationally. By way of an anecdote it is worth remembering that important multinational companies — not only American and Spanish, but also French and German — have for years placed their trust in graphoanalysts with degrees from the UAB, and its first representative, Prof. Francisco Viñals, received the Cruz de Primera Clase (First Class Cross), awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Defence for his work as professor and graphoanalyst in the Army General Staff. He and Prof. Mariluz Puente are the authors of the current principal university bibliography on graphology and, in addition, as Directors of the Institute of Graphological Sciences (Instituto de Ciencias del Grafismo – ICG) they have been selected once again as “Personatges de Catalunya” (Important Catalans) and included in the current volume of Historia Contemporànea de Catalunya.

We have certainly had good reason for celebration in recent times: from the Presidency of the ADEG, to the Congress of Directors of Graphological Entities of Barcelona-2008 in the UAB, to the aforementioned Year 2009 in Honour of Prof. Augusto Vels. In this newly begun 2010, by an extraordinary coincidence, we are simultaneously celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Graphopsychologists of the UAB, the Fifteenth Anniversary of UAB Handwriting Analysts and the 75th Anniversary of University Graphology in Spain, which began with classes given by Dr Werner Wolff, in collaboration with Dr Emilio Mira y López, who was also one of the internationally renowned architects of scientific graphology.


Indeed Prof. Werner Wolff taught Graphology in 1935 at the Institut Psicotècnic de la Generalitat and also in what was then called the “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona” (formerly the UB and now the UAB which, on being founded, recovered that name by agreement of the Vice-Chancellors and the Autonomous Government of Catalonia). Mira y Lopez, the Honourable Head of Department, stated that Wolff possessed impressive psychoanalytical, gestalt-expressive and ethnopsychological training, in addition to very considerable graphological knowledge, derived from Klages, amongst others. During the Second Spanish Republic, Dr Mira y López echoed the innovations in German graphology and psychology, contributing to the support of graphology by the Academia Médica (Medical Academy) and its development in Spanish universities, first in what was then called the “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona” as the first Head of Department of Psychiatry in Spain (1933) and Wolff's mentor. At a later stage, the graphologist also worked at the Complutense University (Universidad Complutense). Prof. Francisco Viñals also worked at the Complutense, as Director–Technician at its local section in Córdoba, and has worked in the current Autonomous University of Barcelona for 15 years. Also worth noting are the occasional courses which have been developed in other universities, such as the Ramon Llull University (Universitat Ramon Llull) and the University of Barcelona, where Prof. Esperanza Fonta, with the help of Prof. Francisco Viñals, organised some Graphology courses and workshops.

However, Graphology is not a qualification in itself, but rather is included as a subject or discipline in current degree courses related to criminology and security. A field which had been dealt with practically in secret as an elite instrument of the Defence General Staff, is now being used in research units within the police and the majority of HR offices, to the extent that graphopsychological reports are increasingly being used in legal proceedings.

We can state with great satisfaction that Graphology is one of the most successful subjects and one which attracts great interest at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and at entities which come under the auspices of the Institute of Graphological Sciences. For this reason we now urge our colleagues who have graduated from UAB to join in this celebration of 75 years of University Graphology in Spain. This places us at the forefront in Europe with UAB's first Masters with ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), which are internationally recognised in the 27 European Union countries.


Technical Secretariat of the ICG (Instituto de Ciencias del Grafismo)

January 1, 2010

75th Anniversary of the Graphology at the University in Spain

We started 2010 with an interesting coincidence, the 10th Anniversary of “Graphologists” and the 15th Anniversary of “ Experts Handwriting Analysis”, both academic qualifications by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in the 75th Anniversary of the Graphology at the University in Spain, with the Graphology Course given by the Dr. Werner Wolff, collaborator of the Dr. Emilio Mira y Lopez in Barcelona.

Indeed, the Prof. Werner Wolff taught Graphology in 1935 at the Institut Psicotècnic of the Catalonia's Autonomous Government (Generalitat de Catalunya), and at the "Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona" (old denomination UB, and current UAB, who in the foundation recovered the name by agreement of the Rectors and the Generalitat de Catalunya)

According The Dr. Emilio Mira y López, the Prof. Werner Wolff had an important training on psychoanalysis, gestalt -expressive, etnopsychology, and a very substantial knowledge on graphology derived from Klages and others.

December 26, 2009

Graphology in the area of the Intelligence.

It is a report in favour of the applicability of the graphology in the area of the Intelligence.

Laycock, Keith, "Handwriting Analysis as an Assessment Aid", Stud.
Intel. V3:3-23-43 (Summer 1959:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=D&q=https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/vol3no3/html/v03i3a03p_0001.htm&usg=AFQjCNE7tFvQEoZMHHhujTCwXKJnD61nxA

Graphology and the CIA’s Office of Technical Service (OTS)

The CIA’s Office of Technical Service (OTS) handwriting experts for
analysis.

The case Tolkachev

Barry G. Royden (2003): "Tolkachev, A Worthy Successor to Penkovsky An
Exceptional Espionage Operation", CSI Publications, Studies in
Intelligence, vol47no3
http://www.google.com/url?sa=D&q=https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol47no3/article02.html&usg=AFQjCNGJ-vyRniZJrU4kYqfGkn5SIYmznw

"(...) Before the first personal meeting with Tolkachev, one of his handwritten notes had been passed to the CIA’s Office of Technical Service (OTS) handwriting experts for analysis. The analysis, done in May 1978, was positive, accurate, and even prophetic. The report made the following observations:

The writer is intelligent, purposeful, and generally self-confident. He is self-disciplined, but not overly rigid. He has well above- average intelligence and has good organizing ability. He is observant and conscientious and pays meticulous attention to details. He is quite self-assured and may plow ahead at times in a way which is not discreet or subtle. All in all, he is a reasonably well-adjusted individual and appears intellectually and psychologically equipped to
become a useful, versatile asset. (...)"

December 23, 2009

History of the Graphology

Lecture (part 1- part 4) by Dor Gauthier, Honorary Member of the ICG (Instituto de Ciencias del Grafismo) and Visiting Lecturer (Graphology Program) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe).






Graduation Ceremony for the Master's degree 2008-2009 in Graphology and Forensic Handwriting Analysis at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain): http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=photos&ref=mf&gid=165407367318


School of Doctoral Studies and Continuing Education
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe).
UAB building -Casa Convalescència-
c. San Antonio Mª Claret, 171 –08041Barcelona (Spain)
(34) 93. 321.57.48 - (34) 93.433.50.00
http://www.grafologiauniversitaria.com/

November 27, 2009

The graphological research in Criminology

Workshop 2009 "The graphological research in Criminology" Rome (Italy) 18-19 December 2009.

Organized by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, the Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology, the Italian Society of Medicine and Penitentiary Health and the International Center of Medical Graphology.

MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.egrupos.net/cgi-bin/eGruposDMime.cgi?K9U7J9W7U7xumopxCyqjydqkjufqneyqwolovyjwCTTTUCvthCnoqdy-qlhhyCUQQQchb7

MEDICAL GRAPHOLOGY


Course " MEDICAL GRAPHOLOGY. Psycopathology, criminology and handwriting", by the Dr. Vincenzo Tarantino (President of the Centro Internazionale di Grafologia Medica - CIGME-) in Rome (Italy).

November 25, 2009

GRAPHOLOGY. VIOLENCE IN COUPLES: DEA -Phd. Programme in European Countries-


Estela Ramírez Delgado, Graphologist in Family Orientation and Professional, by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe) has obtained el DEA* (Diploma of Advanced Studies) and the Proficiency of the Researcher (Suficiencia Investigadora), with a work about the "Violence in Couples" inside the Doctorate’s studies in Psychology.

* DEA is a part of the Phd programme in European countries; usually it’s a summarized dissertation from the doctoral dissertation to obtain the Phd.

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Graphology programmes of the Graduate School of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/ Europe):

Master in European Graphology: Formative and Social Graphopsychology

Graduate Certificate in Psychological Analysis of Handwriting, Graphoanalysis, Graphopathology and Graphic Projective Tests

Graduate Certificate in Psychological analysis of handwriting family orientation and professional

November 5, 2009

"MUSIC AND GRAPHOLOGY" BY JEAN-CHARLES GILLE-MAISANI


New Italian edition of the French book: “Musique et Graphologie. Écriture de compositeurs de Beethoven a Debussy” (translation:"Writing of the composers from Beethoven to Debussy. Music and Graphology") by Jean-Charles Gille-Maisani.

GILLE-MAISANI:
"Scritture di compositori da Beethoven a Debussy - Musica e Grafologia",
a cura di Nicole Calendreau Boille, già concertato con l’autore nel 1994.
Traduzione dal francese di Emanuela Boille, EPSYLON Editrice
Prezzo di copertina: €. 29 - Prezzo promozionale: €. 25 (inclusa spedizione).
Richiesta da inviare a:
postmaster@epsyloneditrice.it - info@epsyloneditrice.it



November 2, 2009

Graphology: Graduation Video 2008/2009

Graduation Ceremony for the Master's degree 2008-2009 in Graphology and Forensic Handwriting Analysis at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)


School of Doctoral Studies and Continuing Education
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe).
UAB building -Casa Convalescència-
c. San Antonio Mª Claret, 171 –08041Barcelona (Spain)
(34) 93. 321.57.48 - (34) 93.433.50.00
http://www.grafologiauniversitaria.com/

October 22, 2009

Graphology: "Letters from the Holocaust"

"Cartas desde el Holocausto. Estudio grafológico de cartas escritas por prisioneros judios en campos de concentración nazis"

"Letters from the Holocaust. Graphological study of letters written by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps" by Sandra Cerro Jiménez, Forensic Graphologist by the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Click here for full article (only Spanish): http://www.sandracerro.com/Articulos/artic-grafohistorica/cartas_holocausto.pdf


If you need translator: http://translate.google.com/#

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Another article of the same authoress:
http://europeangraphology.blogspot.com/2009/09/graphology-drawings-of-children-of.html

October 19, 2009

Graphology: Graduation Ceremony for the Master's degree 2008-2009


Graduation Ceremony for the Master's degree 2008-2009 in Graphology and Forensic handwriting analysis at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)


More information: - Acrobat file (1,03MB) - (only spanish)

School of Doctoral Studies and Continuing Education
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe).
UAB building -Casa Convalescència-
c. San Antonio Mª Claret, 171 –08041Barcelona (Spain)
(34) 93. 321.57.48 - (34) 93.433.50.00
http://www.grafologiauniversitaria.com/

September 25, 2009

Graphology: drawings of the children of Terezin on the Cycle III of Activities of the Jewry of Segovia

The lecture "Pinceladas de sueños rotos. Semblanza grafológica de los dibujos de los niños de Terezin" (Graphological biographical sketch from the drawings of the children of Terezin) by Sandra Cerro Jiménez * it will open the Cycle III of Activities of the Jewry of Segovia (Spain) -March 20, 2010-, in the day dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.
This Cycle is organized by the municipal council of Historical Heritage and Tourism of Segovia (Spain) and with the support of Casa Sefarad-Israel to promote the Jewish culture.

Click here for full article: http://www.sandracerro.com/Articulos/artic-grafohistorica/TEREZIN.pdf

If you need translator: http://translate.google.com/#

* Sandra Cerro Jiménez is Forensic Graphologist by the Autonomous University of Barcelona

September 11, 2009

Swiss Society of Graphology: Criminal Graphology

Swiss Society of Graphology (SGG/SSG)

Bulletin nº 74 (September 2009) from the Swiss Society of Graphology (SGG/SSG - Schweizerische Graphologische Gesellschaft/Société Suisse de Graphologie, between the articles there is a review of the book: "Grafología Criminal" (Criminal Graphology)by Francisco Viñals and Mª Luz Puente

More information: http://www.sgg-graphologie.ch/pdf/bulletins/bulletin74.pdf

July 16, 2009

GRAPHOLOGY AND DEA -Phd. Programme in European Countries-

Leticia Perinat -assistant lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona- has obtained the DEA* (Diploma of Advanced Studies) and the Proficiency of the Researcher (Suficiencia Investigadora), with a work on Graphopsychology inside the Doctorate’s studies in Psychology.

* DEA is a part of the Phd programme in European countries; usually it’s a summarized dissertation from the doctoral dissertation to obtain the Phd.

The study was done on a sample of 54 people and the NEO-PI-R as criterion. It's proved - statistically significant - the relevancy of the graphological triad - pressure, angle and direction - in the prediction of the labour performance.
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Graphology programmes of the Graduate School of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/ Europe):
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Graduate Certificate in Psychological Analysis of Handwriting, Graphoanalysis, Graphopathology and Graphic Projective Tests (Peritaje Grafopsicológico, Grafoanálisis, Grafopatología, Test Proyect.-Gráficos.)

Graduate Certificate in Psychological analysis of handwriting familiy orientation and professional (Grafopsicólogo en Orientación Familiar y Profesional)


May 19, 2009

Swiss Society of Graphology (SGG/SSG)

Bulletin number 72 (May, 2009) from the Swiss Society of Graphology (SGG/SSG - Schweizerische Graphologische Gesellschaft/Société Suisse de Graphologie:
http://www.sgg-graphologie.ch/pdf/bulletins/bulletin72.pdf

Between the articles the honoring to Augusto Vels on the occasion of 25th Anniversay of the AGC (graphologists' professional association founded by him).


May 9, 2009

Predoctoral and postdoctoral grants

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) -Autonomous University of Barcelona- opens its fifth call for predoctoral research grants and its third call for postdoctoral research placements in different University departments and institutes.

The calls aim to offer pre and post doctoral students research opportunities at UAB, a university internationally renowned for the quality and innovation in its research.

More information: http://www.uab.es/PDF/PDF_1241679429408_en.pdf
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May 1, 2009

Children's drawings from the concentration camp Terezin

Terezin was the concentration camp installed by the Nazi in the suburbs of Prague.

Friedl Dicker Brandeis taught art and painting (clandestinely) as evasive therapy to children.

Friedl rescued 4.500 drawings that later served in proof in Nuremberg

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Another resource: http://terezinmusical.com/intro.htm (English)


Theresienstadt (Czech, Terezin) (English)


Theresienstadt - Tommy (English)

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The lecture "Pinceladas de sueños rotos. Semblanza grafológica de los dibujos de los niños de Terezin" (Graphological biographical sketch from the drawings of the children from Theresienstadt) by Sandra Cerro Jiménez * it will open the Cycle III of Activities of the Jewry of Segovia (Spain) -March 20, 2010-, in the day dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.
This Cycle is organized by the municipal council of Historical Heritage and Tourism of Segovia (Spain) and with the support of Casa Sefarad-Israel to promote the Jewish culture.

Click here for full article:
http://www.sandracerro.com/Articulos/artic-grafohistorica/TEREZIN.pdf

If you need translator: http://translate.google.com/#

* Sandra Cerro Jiménez is Forensic Graphologist by the Autonomous University of Barcelona


April 25, 2009

Graphology programmes of the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Graphology programmes of the Graduate School of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/ Europe):

Graduate Certificate in Psychological Analysis of Handwriting, Graphoanalysis, Graphopathology and Graphic Projective Tests (Peritaje Grafopsicológico, Grafoanálisis, Grafopatología, Test Proyect.-Gráficos.)

Graduate Certificate in Psychological analysis of handwriting familiy orientation and professional (Grafopsicólogo en Orientación Familiar y Profesional)

After two years (1575 hours) you can obtain your Master's degree in Graphology (70 ECTS) * by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain/Europe)

* (ECTS) European Credit Transfer System: These credits have transnational validity in 27 countries that are part of the European Union.

Welcome to the UAB - Click to view: http://www.uab.cat/uabtube/english/

See also:
Forensic Handwriting Analysis/QDE by the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Master in Criminology. Forensic Science Advice by the Autonomous University of Barcelona

*

March 12, 2009

What does doodling do?

ANDRADE, Jackie (2009): What does doodling do?, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Published Online: 27 Feb 2009, Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.:
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/122205124/PDFSTART

February 3, 2009

Augusto Vels and the "Graphology", the journal of the British Academy



• Graphology", the journal of The British Academy is published tri-annually to coincide with the three academic terms (September, January, May).
• It contains articles by the greatest international experts on graphology and on developments. It also contains reviews of new publications as an analysed handwriting in the most recent validated way in every issue.


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January 20, 2009

AGC's Annual Report 2008

The AGG (Agrupación de Grafoanalistas Consultivos de España) has presented the Annual Report of the Graphological Activities:
-pdf: 11, 64 MB- (Only Spanish)
http://www.grafoanalisis.com/LIBRO_MEMORIA_AGC_2008.pdf

2009 AÑO VELS
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Newsletter ICG/AGC: http://www.egrupos.net/grupo/grafoanalisis