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Revealing Rorschach

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Science  10 Feb 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6325, pp. 588
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal2877

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We're all familiar with the inkblots that make up the Rorschach test: black and white, bilaterally symmetrical figures that hover close to familiarity. Or, at least, we think we are. In modern times, the term "Rorschach test" often serves as a metaphor for our divisiveness, as shorthand for an encoded message, or as a warning that appearances can be deceiving. But we may not know as much as we think we do about this classic psychological tool or the man behind it, argues Damion Searls in The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and The Power of Seeing.