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Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2017 Apr 30;262:25-31. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2017.02.001. Epub 2017 Feb 10.

Neural activity during production of rorschach responses: An fMRI study.

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Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy. Electronic address:
California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA, USA. Electronic address:
Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Italy. Electronic address:
GCS-fMRI University of Turin and Koelliker Hospital Turin, Italy. Electronic address:


Recently, a lot of effort has been made to ground Rorschach interpretations to their evidence base. To date, however, no studies have yet described, via fMRI, what brain areas get involved when one takes the Rorschach. To fill this gap in the literature, we administered the ten-inkblot stimuli to 26 healthy volunteers during fMRI. Analysis of BOLD signals revealed that, compared to fixating a cross, looking at the Rorschach inkblots while thinking of what they might be associated with higher temporo-occipital and fronto-parietal activations, and with greater activity in some small, sub-cortical regions included in the limbic system. These findings are in line with the traditional conceptualization of the test, as they suggest that taking the Rorschach involves (a) high-level visual processing, (b) top-down as well as bottom-up attentional processes, and


Assessment; FMRI; Neural; R-PAS; Rorschach

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