Psychological Test, Worcester Schizophrenic Thematic Apperception Test

Psychological Test, Worcester Schizophrenic Thematic Apperception Test

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David Shakow, the donor of these materials, is remembered for the research on schizophrenia he and his colleagues did at Worcester State Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. He worked there briefly in 1924 and 1925 and was on the staff from 1928 to 1946. These objects relate to the Thematic Apperception Test as it was used at Worcester. The first subindex number (316372.05.01) is given to a typescript entitled "Outline of Psychological Analysis and Report--Military Study." Subindex numbers 316372.05.02 through 316372.05.29 are given to images mounted on square cardstock, while images with subindex numbers 316372.05.30 to 316372.05.47 are mounted on larger, rectangular pieces of cardstock. The first group of cards include a number on the back as well. Listing cards by this number, with subindex numbers showing the image also listed, the cards are:
1 (316372.05.07, 316372.05.22) – shows a man with a naked torso, leaning forward
2 (316372.05.20) – shows a woman dancing with a baby
2e (316372.05.12, 316372.05.34, 316372.05.41, 316372.05.46) show a woman and a boy looking at an infant
2G (316372.05.14, 316372.05.30, 316372.05.39, 316372.05.43) show a woman nursing a baby
4 (316372.05.08, 316372.05.27) – shows a woman on the floor, leaning into a couch
5 (316372.05.26) – shows a boy staring at a violin and bow
5G (316372.05.10, 316372.05.33, 316372.05.37, 316372.05.45) – shows a man and a child at a toy bench
6 (316372.05.24) – shows a man on the ledge of an open window
7 (316372.05.17) – shows a young man with an older woman
7a (316372.05.21, 316372.05.32, 316372.05.40, 316372.05.42) – show a girl hiding and watching a man and woman embrace
8 (316372.05.28) – shows a sitting man with his hand stretched over a man lying down
8G (316372.05.13, 316372.05.31, 316372.05.36, 316372.05.47) – show a boy poking a girl
10a (316372.05.11, 316372.05.35, 316372.05.38, 316372.05.44) – show a man and woman looking down on a child
11 (316372.05.05) – shows three horses, two riders
12 (316372.05.16, 316372.05.25) – show a man held at the neck and on the arm
13 (316372.05.02, 316372.05.15) – show a woman embracing a man
14 (316372.05.29) – shows a man grabbing a pole
15 (316372.05.23) – shows the heads of two men
16 (316372.05.03, 316372.05.19) show a standing man, leaning forward
17 (316372.05.18) – shows two men chatting, one holding a cigarette
18 (316372.05.09) – shows a man grabbing woman
20 (316372.05.04) – shows a man lying motionless on the floor
B (316372.05.06) – image blank
Some of these images are also in a standard Thematic Apperception Test, some are not.
The cards are covered with plastic ad taped around the edges.
R. L. Cautin, “David Shakow and Schizophrenia Research at Worcester State Hospital: The Roots of the Scientist-Practitioner Model,” Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences, 2008, 44 #3, pp. 219-37.
David Rapaport, Diagnostic Psychological Testing, Chicago: The Year Book Publishers, 1946, vol 2, pp. 395-469.
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Object Name
Psychological Test
date made
ca 1935-1945
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
photographic paper (overall material)
tape (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 10 cm x 17.5 cm x 20.5 cm; 3 15/16 in x 6 7/8 in x 8 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of David Shakow
Psychological Tests
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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