Thematic Apperception Test

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The·mat·ic Apperception Test

A projective test in which the subject interprets a series of drawings of relatively ambiguous life situations.

thematic apperception test

(Psychology) psychol a projective test in which drawings of interacting people are shown and the person being tested is asked to make up a story about them

Themat′ic Appercep′tion Test`

n. Psychol.
a projective technique in which stories told by a subject about each of a series of pictures are assumed to reveal dominant needs or motivations. Abbr.: TAT
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Noun1.Thematic Apperception Test - a projective technique using black-and-white pictures; subjects tell a story about each picture
projective device, projective technique, projective test - any personality test designed to yield information about someone's personality on the basis of their unrestricted response to ambiguous objects or situations
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The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), one of these free response techniques, involves showing somewhat ambiguous pictures and asking research participants (or clients in therapy) to write stories about the pictures (Murray 1943).
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a specialist in psychological assessment, interprets Campos's materials, which include a clinical interview, Rorschach Inkblot Test, Thematic Apperception Test, Bleuler-Jung (Word Association) Test and Szondi Test.
The authors note that in 1999 the five most commonly cited assessment instruments reported in the literature included the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory II, Rorschach Inkblot Test, and the Thematic Apperception Test.
The military has used tests such as the Woodworth personal data sheet since 1919 to predict a recruit's susceptibility to shell shock and administered the Thematic Apperception Test in the 1930s to identify personalities susceptible to enemy intelligence.