inkblot test


Definition of inkblot test

: any of several psychological tests (such as a Rorschach test) based on the interpretation of irregular figures (such as blots of ink)

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Recent Examples on the Web The broad sweep of Harari’s writing, which encompasses the prehistoric past and a dark far-off future, has turned him into a bit of a walking inkblot test. David Marchese, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2021 Norman was then put through a Rorschach inkblot test, a type of psychological assessment that has the test taker describe what the inkblots look like to them. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 6 June 2018 The Rorschach inkblot test took a direct hit as largely unreliable. Benedict Carey, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2020 The psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, in his pioneering research on the effects of sustained trauma, showed patients the famous Rorschach inkblots test. Wired, 27 Nov. 2019 Those variations, along with their achievements, create a sporting and cultural inkblot test that fans and media outlets (including this one) can’t ignore. Brian Straus,, 30 June 2018 The results of the inkblot tests revealed heinous interpretations of simple black-and-white splotches. Carson Kessler, Fortune, 7 June 2018 What happened on that perfect storm of an evening, and why, is going to be a matter of perspective and conjecture—an American soccer inkblot test—for years to come. Brian Straus,, 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of inkblot test

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inkblot test was in 1928

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: any of several psychological tests (as a Rorschach test) based on the interpretation of irregular figures (as blots of ink)

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