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2021 Experimental and Neurophysiological Rorschach Research (1.5 CEs)

This session focuses on recent research using an experimental and/or neurophysiological approach to advance our understanding of the Rorschach response process. First, Berry and Meyer report on an experimental manipulation of visual processes on the Rorschach task through the use of specially designed goggles. In two experiments, they examine the impact of (1) right- and left-lateralized brain processes and (2) induced impairments of visual attention on Rorschach performance, with particular emphasis on the inkblot locations participants use to structure their responses. Next, Juve et al. present findings from an eye tracking study demonstrating that individuals with increased self-reported distress tend to show shallower, less complex visual processing. Ales et al. then present eye tracking data showing that Space Reversal and Space Integration responses involve two distinct visual processing approaches to solving the Rorschach task. Giromini et al. close the session by presenting fMRI data on the role of the dorsal attention system in the production of more versus less complex Rorschach responses.


Lucaino Giromini | University of Turin

Goals & Objectives
  1. List at minimum three different experimental and neurophysiological research approaches that have been used in recent Rorschach research. 
  2. Explain why experimental and neurophysiological research is important to promote a deeper understanding of Rorschach-related behaviors. 
  3. Describe the research foundation for interpreting Rorschach variables introduced by R-PAS, such as Complexity, Space Reversal or Space Integration. 

The Effects of Manipulating Visual Processes on Rorschach Performance

Benjamin A. Berry, MA | University of Toledo
Gregory J. Meyer, PhD | University of Toledo
Emily T. O’Gorman, MS | University of Toledo

Manali Roy, MS | University of Toledo
Larson E. Sholander, MA | University of Toledo

Joni Mihura, PhD, ABAP | University of Toledo

General Psychological Distress and Visual Processing on the Rorschach: Evidence for shallower, less complex processing with increases in self-reported distress

Mindee Juve, PhD | University of Detroit Mercy
Mellisa Boyle, PhD | University of Detroit Mercy
Ellen Day, MA | University of Detroit Mercy
Barry Dauphin, PhD, ABPP | University of Detroit Mercy

Harold Greene, PhD | University of Detroit Mercy

On the Use of White Space in the Rorschach: An Eye Tracking Study

Francesca Ales, PhD | University of Turin
Luciano Giromini, PhD | University of Turin
Alessandro Zennaro, PhD | University of Turin

Dorsal Attention Network and Rorschach Complexity: An fMRI Study

Luciano Giromini, PhD | University of Turin
Enrico Vitolo, MS | University of Turin
Donald J. Viglione, PhD | Alliant International University

Alessandro Zennaro, PhD | University of Turin


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