Google is celebrating Hermann Rorschach’s 129th birthday through an interactive doodle today.
Known popularly for his inkblot test, Hermann was Born on 8 November 1884 in Zurich, Switzerland. He was a Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.
His inkblot test is a psychological test using which a person’s interpretations of inkblots are recorded and assessed through psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Till today this test is used by psychologists to analyse a person’s personality traits and emotional functioning.
The interactive Google doodle of Hermann Rorschach features different inkblot patterns that can be browsed by clicking on them or on the navigation array keys. The doodle also features a ‘Share what you see button’ that allows you to share your interpretation of the inkblot on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. The doodle also features a sketch of Hermann Rorschach sitting and making notes.
It is said that after experimenting with several hundred inkblots, Hermann Rorschach shortlisted a set of ten for their diagnostic value.
Rorschach died of peritonitis, which was likely due to a ruptured appendix, on April 1, 1922 at a young age of 37, just an year after writing Psychodiagnostik.