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May 1939

Konstitution und Wesenänderung der Epileptiker.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(5):1083-1084. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270170221015

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From a study of the responses of epileptic patients to the Rorschach test Stauder draws sweeping conclusions concerning the "constitutional" factor in epilepsy. In this test the patient is asked what blots of various shapes and colors look like. A complicated count is taken of the promptness, number and variety of responses, of whether interpretations deal principally with form or with color, of whether they there are of animals or of moving objects and of whether they are pleasant or unpleasant. Stauder agrees with Rorschach that epileptic persons give a typical response. The scoring of responses is too diffuse and elaborate for reproduction. The characteristics of epileptic persons which the test reveals are disturbances of perception, judgment and memory; of thought, which shows poverty of content, retardation, stickiness, circumstantiality, pedantry and good-natured dulness, and of action, which may be explosive or may denote irritability. The outstanding symptom of epilepsy is

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