Effects of priming on responses to projective techniques

Andrew K. Salata, The College of Wooster


Priming is typically examined with regard to reaction time, but it might also be used to change a person's perception of ambiguous stimuli. This idea was examined in this study. The responses to two different projective tests, the Rorschach inkblots and the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) were evaluated after the participants had seen positive or negative images. The results showed that there was no significant priming effect. There was an inhibitory effect on the experimental groups for total number of words and descriptive words used for the Rorschach group. Sex differences and group differences in total words and total descriptive words used in the response were examined. No significant differences for sex were found, but there were significant group differences found.