Contemporary Data on the Location of Response Objects in Rorschach's Inkblots

J Pers Assess. 2019 Jul-Aug;101(4):402-413. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1408016. Epub 2018 Jan 10.


Using a diverse sample of 4,786 protocols obtained with the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (Meyer, Viglione, Mihura, Erard, & Erdberg, 2011), we provide a contemporary overview of how people organize Rorschach's inkblots into identifiable regions while formulating responses. After examining how frequently each location was used across all cards in this sample, we examined the consistency of their use by computing parallel information in 17 samples (N = 4,701) obtained using the Comprehensive System (CS; Exner, 2003), including clinical, nonclinical, and adult, child, and adolescent data. Even though the CS data could only record a single location for each response, the average correlation of location use across samples was .96. The results also document continuous dimensionality in use rather than any discontinuities that would demarcate a boundary between common and uncommon locations. Implications of this notable reproducibility and dimensionality are discussed for future conceptualization of location typicality, including location coding considerations and possibilities for improved measures of perceptual fit.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Rorschach Test / standards*