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 Rorschach inkblot test took a direct hit as largely unreliable. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Scott Lilienfeld, Psychologist Who Questioned Psychology, Dies at 59," 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, "On Hope (in a Time of Hopelessness)," 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,, "The World Cup Will Be Just Fine Without the Exhausting Messi vs. Ronaldo Debate," 30 June 2018 The results of the inkblot tests revealed heinous interpretations of simple black-and-white splotches. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "MIT Scientists Create 'Psychopath' AI Named Norman," 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,, "Booed in USA, Revered in Canada: Altidore, Bradley's Bizarro Trip Winds to MLS Cup," 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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“Inkblot test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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