By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D
Founding Editor, bSci21.org
Behavior analysts don’t use projective tests…or do they? The BBC published an article titled “What’s behind the Rorschach inkblot test?” As quoted from the article “The Rorschach is what psychologists call a projective test. The basic idea is that when a person is shown an ambiguous, meaningless image (i.e., an inkblot) the mind will work hard at imposing meaning on the image. That meaning is generated by the mind.” In behaviorspeak, substitue “verbal repertoire” for “mind” and suddenly the world of projective tests is wide open to a behavioral analysis…and B. F. Skinner himself dabbled in this area early in his career.
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Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D is President of bSci21 Media, LLC, which owns bSci21.org and BAQuarterly.com. Todd serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and as an editorial board member for Behavior and Social Issues. He has worked as a behavior analyst in day centers, residential providers, homes, and schools, and served as the director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas. Todd’s areas of expertise include writing, entrepreneurship, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Instructional Design, Organizational Behavior Management, and ABA therapy. Todd can be reached at email@example.com.