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August 1957

Perception Experiments in a Study of Ambivalence

Author Affiliations

Glen Oaks, N. Y.

From Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, N. Y.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;78(2):167-176. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330380057009

This investigation is concerned with the perception aspects of a larger study on the problem of ambivalence. The over-all goal in the total project is to find specific etiological factors which can be correlated with success or failure in the resolution of ambivalence. These etiological factors deal with the character of the object relations in early life, the opportunities for object relations in general, and, more specifically, the opportunities for warm object relations. Against these etiological factors a set of measurements of the resolution of ambivalence is being worked out. Two of these measurements are presented in this study. One measurement is a structured interview in which we classify our subject material according to degrees of organization or failure in the handling of impulses. The other measurement is a tachistoscopic perceptual test, a measurement of the accuracy of perception and also measurement of the range and breadth of subsequent visual

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