Why is personal tempo no longer a common concept?
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- "Among the variables we consider when judging or characterizing an individual, his natural speed occupies a foremost position in our picture. Briefly stated our problem is to determine the factors related to the concept of personal tempo." 
- "There is a popular theory that some people are of a slow, stolid type and others are of a quick, nervous type. The slow type is supposed to plod along persistently with great care for details and accuracy. The quick type, according to this popular theory, works in a more slap-dash fashion, has little regard for details, and is inclined to be inaccurate." 
- "It is generally assumed that gross body movements and adjustments are controlled by a “unit speed factor” which characterizes the behavior of any individual. While this belief permeates popular thought to a great extent, it is held almost equally as well by some psychologists, for in various standardized test procedures the assumption is implicit that rate of movement of one body segment is similar to any other segment or segments in combination. An example may be found in the Downey Will-Temperament Test where the rate involved in writing a given expression is taken as a measure of the general speed capacity of that individual, One need not go far afield to find numerous other examples of naive& in test situations, as in tests for the fitness of automobile drivers where reaction time to sound or light in the laboratory is taken as an index of reaction time under road conditions." 
- "While implicit, it is a common popular assumption that individuals have a generalized velocity level for both gross movements and fine skeletal muscle adjustments so that they may be characterized on a continuous scale from fast to slow [...] A belief in a personal tempo has not been confined to popular assumption but has been held by such psychologists as Braun (9) , Frischeisen-Kohler ( 32, 33 ) , Guttmann ( + 1), Meumann ( 66 ) , Reumert (73), and Wu (89) , among others. In various standardized test procedures the assumption is implicit that rate of movement of one body segment on one particular task is similar to any other segment or segments in combination on any other task. In the Downey Will-Temperament profile, for example, the position is defended, on some slight experimental evidence, that rate of writing a given expression is indicative of the general speed capacity of the individual." 
- Rimoldi, H. J. A. (1951). Personal tempo. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 46(3), 283–303. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0057479
- Margaret Kennedy, 1929, Speed as a Personality Trait