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Thematic Apperception Test

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The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is a psychological assessment device used to measure an individual's personality, values, or attitudes. The TAT is a projective test that is made up of 30 pictures that show persons in black and white, engaged in ambiguous activities. The test may be adapted for adults and children, males or females by using particular cards within the set. The test taker is asked to make up a story, telling what led up to the scene in the picture, what is happening at the current moment, how the characters are thinking and feeling, and what the outcome will be.

The original purpose of the TAT was to assess Henry Murray's need theory of personality. Currently, clinicians or researchers use it more generally to ...

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