Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Thematic Apperception Test

  • Robert M. GordonEmail author
  • Lucia Smith-Wexler
  • Erika M. Baron
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2013

Synonyms

TAT

Description

The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is a performance-based measure developed by Christiana Morgan and Henry Murray (1935). Described as a test of literary imagination, the TAT forms the basis of an intensive analytic study by psychologists who believe that stories reveal aspects of human nature that may otherwise remain unknown. According to Murray and Morgan, this systematic approach has provided a method to investigate those original, highly personal themes that constitute the unique personality of each individual. The core themes, subtle nuances, and even the omissions that emerge are variants of an underlying narrative or personal representation of the individual’s past and present experience (Cramer 1996).

The TAT consists of 31 black and white pictures printed on a bristol board and designed for use as follows – 11 were designed for all sexes and ages (MF cards), seven for only girls and women (GF cards), seven for only boys and men (BM cards), one for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Gordon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lucia Smith-Wexler
    • 3
  • Erika M. Baron
    • 2
  1. 1.Rusk RehabilitationNew York University Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Pace UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Rusk Rehabilitation, New York University Langone HealthNew YorkUSA