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The Holtzman Inkblot Test, conceived by Wayne Holtzman, is a projective personality test similar to the Rorschach inkblot test. The Holtzman Inkblot Test was invented to correct many, if not all, of the controversial issues aroused by the Rorschach Inkblot Test.

The test consists of two alternate forms of forty-five inkblots, originally drawn from a pool of several thousand. Scoring is based on twenty-two items: reaction time, rejection, location, space, form definiteness, form appropriateness, color, shading, movement, pathognomonic verbalization, integration, content (human, animal, anatomy, sexual, or abstract), anxiety, hostility, barrier, penetration, balance, and popularity.

Scoring takes a very long time if the test is not administered by computer. The Holtzman Inkblot Test is used primarily with students, children, and with patients suffering from schizophrenia, head trauma or depression. A professional tester is required to obtain accurate results and interpretation. The Holtzman Inkblot Test has been used in both experimental and clinical applications [How to reference and link to summary or text].

The technique is featured as part of a travelling exhibition entitled "Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other" and sponsored by the American Psychological Association in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. It is housed permanently at the Smithsonian Institution.[1]

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