1955 NYU PhD THESIS in PSYCHOLOGY Murray Bilmes ORIGINAL BOUND TYPED CARBON COPY Rorschach Test Experiments
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY Ph.D. THESIS in PSYCHOLOGY. An Original Typed Carbon Copy. By Murray Bilmes, who was a respected Existential Psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Ph.D. Thesis is titled RESISTANCE TO GROUP INFLUENCE OF VARIOUS PERSONALITY FACTORS - As Measured by the Modification of Individual Rorschach Responses Resulting from an Intervening Group Rorschach Experience.
Typed Carbon Copy, typed on 8.5x11 inch thin paper, 110 pages plus a 4 page abstract at the end. Bound in a hardcover binder that pinches the pages together at their blank left margin.
Approved and SIGNED at the bottom of the title page by ZYGMUNT A. PIOTROWSKI, Murray Bilmes's Ph.D. Research Adviser.
(Zygmunt A. Piotrowski, b.1904 d.1985, was a Polish born American psychologist who worked on the Rorschach test. He received the Bruno Klopfer Award in 1971 and the Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions from the American Psychological Association in 1980. Piotrowski developed a method of analysis for the Rorschach test he termed perceptanalysis, which emphasized perception of the images rather than secondary associations.)
GOOD condition, the pages are lightly age toned, the typescript is best read with a bright white sheet placed beneath the page being read else these thin sheets allow the type of the underpages to come through making legibility difficult. The hardcover binding shows some wear but is doing its job well.
Advanced Psychology at NYU in 1955. Have things changed? Let me consult my Rorschach cards...
From the Abstract (at the rear of the Thesis):
******The purpose of the study was to investigate the effect on personality of group influence. The following experiment was conducted: Thirty subjects received three Rorschach tests. The first was intended to provide an initial estimate of personality variables. The second, a two member group test, required subjects to compare impressions to the blots, ostensibly in order to establish as group responses those percepts they could agree on. The third was again an individual test. By comparing the first and third Rorschachs it became possible to determine how the group experience modified the Rorschach variables. By evaluating the personality referents of these variables, inferences were drawn concerning the personality modification. Subjects obviously did not themselves change; only their Rorschachs did. Unknown to each subject, his partner in the group test was the examiner's confederate and "saw" only responses he had been instructed to see...******
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