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To the Editor:—
In as rational and objective language as I can muster, I would like to make a critical rejoinder to the Swenson et al article entitled "A Totally Automated Psychological Test" (JAMA191:925-927 [March 15] 1965). Such a program as outlined by the authors will add immeasurably to our knowledge and provide massive data for research. But, I must take violent exception to its use as an instrument for diagnostic testing or personality evaluation.Psychological testing ought to be the last area in which dehumanization takes place. Psychological evaluation depends, to a great extent, on the analysis of the interpersonal relationship between the tester and the test taker. We are not interested in the patient's test responses; we are interested in the patient's ability to organize, relate to, and function in his environment. People are not judged on how they relate to blots, questionnaires, or computers; they
Bersoff DN. Man and Machine Calculating the Mind. JAMA. 1965;192(7):646. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080200064028