What is a workshop for psychometric tests

Projective procedures

Lecturer Dr. Karl-Heinz Renner

Details of the seminar, 2 hours per week, time and location: Thu 16:00 - 18:00, M3 / 116

Content Projective procedures are based on the assumption that the interpretation, supplementation and design processes that are stimulated by the respective test material (e.g. ambiguous images) depend on diagnostically relevant personal characteristics. The respondent's room to react is less restricted in comparison to answering common personality questionnaires (“ticking”). The variety of information that projective methods provide is offset by a mostly poor quality with regard to classic psychometric criteria. Projective methods are therefore considered controversial. In the seminar, theoretical basics and also newer perspectives on the importance of projective methods are presented. Classics such as the Rorschach, the thematic apperception and the Sceno test as well as other procedures should be discussed and the possibilities of evaluation should be played out. The seminar should be carried out in a practice-intensive variant, i.e. active participants will use several projective procedures, write short reports and present them to the plenary.

The following classification is used to classify projective methods:

  • Formal interpretation method (e.g. Rorschach test)
  • Verbal-thematic procedures (e.g. TAT)
  • Drawing techniques (e.g. family in animals)
  • Design process (e.g. Sceno test)
  • Elective procedure (e.g. Lüscher test)

Recommended reading Cramer, P. (1996). Storytelling, Narrative, and the Thematic Apperception Test. New York: Guilford Press. Eberwein, M. (1993). Projective procedures: A special bibliography of German-language psychological test procedures. Published by the Central Office for Psychological Information and Documentation, ZPID, University of Trier.

Additional information Expected number of participants: 30