Today’s black and white doodle features a cartoon version of Rorschach sitting with a notepad and pen, while disembodied hands hold a piece of paper containing a simple inkblot in front of the screen. Users are encouraged to share their interpretation of the inkblot on Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter.

Born on 8 November 1884 in Zurich, Switzerland, Hermann Rorschach is best known for inventing a projective test known as the Rorschach inkblot test. It is a psychological test by which a person's interpretations of inkblots are recorded and assessed through interpretation and algorithms.

The psychologists conduct the test to analyze a person's personality traits and emotional functioning. It's especially used when individuals are hesitant to talk about their thinking processes openly.

Just a year after writing Psychodiagnostik, a book describing how inkblot tests can be effectively used in psychoanalysis, Rorschach died of peritonitis on April 1, 1922, at a young age of 37.


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