March 9 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Luciano Giromini, PhD | Turin University
Recently, a lot of effort has been made to ground Rorschach interpretations to their evidence base. During the last decade (2010 – 2020), in particular, the psychological processes underlying the production of Rorschach responses have been investigated also by utilizing various techniques borrowed from neuroscience and psychophysiology. The goal of this presentation is to review some of the most fascinating findings published in psychological assessment literature since 2010, when an EEG study demonstrated, for the first time in the Rorschach history, that producing Rorschach human movement responses (M) likely associates with increased mirroring activity in the brain. The purpose of this talk is to help attendees appreciating the neuro-physiological underpinnings of Rorschach responses so to deepen their understanding of what the Rorschach really can vs. cannot reveal about the respondents’ personality and psychological functioning. Numerous studies – focused on various Rorschach variables (such as M, Complexity, and ODL) and conducted using various techniques (such as EEG, fMRI, rTMS, electrodermal activity and eye-tracking) – will be presented and discussed. Suggested interpretation of key R-PAS variables will be discussed in the light of presented findings, and several considerations regarding the use of R-PAS in forensic contexts will be offered.
Goals and Objectives:
1. Describe the interpretive meaning of key R-PAS scores
2. Explain how current neurophysiological research findings support the traditional interpretation of Rorschach human movement responses as linked to social cognition
3. Explain how eye-tracking and fMRI research support the interpretation of R-PAS variable Complexity as an index of cognitive engagement
4. Describe the reasons why the behaviors observed during the administration of the Rorschach and coded via selected R-PAS scores are relevant to the assessment of the psychological functioning of the tested individual
No prior experience with the Rorschach is required, and all psychologists and graduate students at all levels of training may attend this workshop.