Corresponding Author Information: Ellen Day

Session Abstract: Researchers from independent laboratories in two countries will present papers utilizing psychophysiological techniques to investigate the role of personality in processing the Rorschach and discerning emotions in faces. The session capitalizes on the fact that performance on the Rorschach involves scanning and making a visual attribution to the blots, and the papers focus on uncovering visual search strategies for responding to the Rorschach cards as well as the association between R-PAS variables and identifying emotions on faces. The first paper (Lab 1) provides evidence for individual differences in several eye movement (EM) indices for the Rorschach to illustrate the degree of similarity of visual search strategies for individuals across the 10 cards (reliability) as well as other visual stimuli. Identifying a level of consistency for individuals across the cards maximizes the utility of connecting personality and other variables to visual search strategies. The second paper (Lab 1) illustrates how specific R-PAS variables are associated with the distinct eye movement indices of these individuals suggesting that particular R-PAS variables may be associated with different facets of information processing (validity). The third paper (Lab 2) presents data using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to illustrate the level of similarity of individual differences with Lab 1 and advancing our understanding of the long range utility of EMs for improving our understanding of the Rorschach response process. The fourth paper (Lab 1) investigates the relationship between R-PAS variables and visual search strategies for human faces and the Rorschach.

Chair Information: Barry Dauphin | University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI

Discussant Information: Luciano Giromini | University of Turn Turin, Italy

Presentation 1 Title: Eye Movements (EM) as a Measure of Individual Differences on the Rorschach: Evidence of the reliability of EM indices across the cards

Presenters:

Ellen Day | University of Detroit Mercy Detroit MI

Mellisa Boyle | University of Toledo Medical Center Toledo, OH

Mindee Juve | Appleton VA Clinic Appleton, WI

Barry Dauphin | University of Detroit Mercy

Harold Greene | University of Detroit Mercy

Presentation 2 Title: Specific R-PAS variables are associated with different eye movement indices during card viewing

Presenters:

Paige Erickson | University of Detroit Mercy

Ellen Day | University of Detroit Mercy

Mellisa Boyle | University of Toledo Medical Center Toledo, OH

Mindee Juve | University of Detroit Mercy

Barry Dauphin | University of Detroit Mercy

Harold Greene | University of Detroit Mercy

Presentation 3 Title: Comparing eye movements of Italian and American Rorschach examinees

Presenters:

Francesca Ales | University of Turin Turin, Italy

Luciano Giromini | University of Turin Turin, Italy

Alessandro Zennaro | University of Turin Turin, Italy

Presentation 4 Title: Visual search strategies for Rorschach and Faces

Presenters:

Mellisa Boyle | University of Toledo Medical Center Toledo, OH

Mindee Juve | Appleton VA Clinic Appleton, WI

Ellen Day | University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI

Barry Dauphin | University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI

Harold Greene | University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI

Ellen DayEllen F. Day

Ellen F. Day, M.A. is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). She has been a researcher in UDM's Vision Research Lab (VRL) since August 2015, where her primary research interests investigate eye-movement patterns and individual profiles of looking behavior in ambiguous and unambiguous visual stimuli. She successfully defended her dissertation entitled, "‌Stimulus-Based‌ ‌Effects‌ ‌and‌ ‌Individual‌ ‌Differences‌ ‌in‌ ‌Eye‌ ‌Movement‌ ‌Behavior‌ ‌When‌ ‌Viewing‌ ‌Ambiguous‌ ‌and‌ ‌Unambiguous‌ ‌Images:‌ An‌ ‌Investigation‌ ‌of‌ ‌Top-‌Down‌ ‌and‌ ‌Bottom-Up‌ ‌Components‌ ‌of‌ ‌Visual‌ ‌Information‌ ‌Processing‌" in August 2020. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC for the 2020-2021 training year, with an emphasis in Gerospychology. She aspires to complete postdoctoral fellowship in Geropsychology upon completion of internship training.


Dr. DauphinDr. Barry Dauphin

Barry Dauphin, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Detroit Mercy. He is Past President of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39/APA) and a Fellow of APA (Division 39)


Dr. GirominiDr. Luciano Giromini

Luciano Giromini, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, and core faculty member for the Ph.D. program in Psychological, Anthropological and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin, Italy. He has taught psychological assessment and psychometrics at two Italian and one Californian universities, and is currently the coordinator of the Evidence-Based Psychological Assessment research team of University of Turin. He is one of the authors of the Inventory of Problems (IOP-29 and IOP-M) and Assessment Section Head for the journal Psychological Injury and Law.


Dr. Mellisa A. Boyle

Mellisa A. Boyle, Ph.D. is a Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy, and conducts research as part of UDM's Vision Research Lab. Her primary research interests are in visual processing, especially utilizing eye-movements as a tool to understand individual differences in information processing strategies. Her most recent area of interest focuses on eye-movements in individuals with psychotic-spectrum thinking. After completing her APPCN fellowship training, she plans to pursue board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology.


Dr. Mindee Juve

Mindee Juve, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist at the John H. Bradley Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. She has been a member of the Vision Research Laboratory (VRL) at the University of Detroit Mercy since 2009. Her research interests include personality assessment, visual information processing, and suicide prevention. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and postdoctoral fellowship at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, specializing in PTSD and Outpatient Mental Health.


Francesca AlvesFrancesca Ales

Francesca Ales is a post-doctoral research fellow at the department of Psychology of the University of Turin, Italy, and a member of the Evidence-Based Psychological Assessment lab. Her research efforts focus on personality and multi-method assessment, Rorschach test and eye tracking

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