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date: 24 February 2020

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Introductory sections of test reports devoted to “Behavioral Observations” are among the most neglected and poorly handled aspects of psychological testing. To highlight the contributions these paragraphs can make to reports and provide a framework for presenting them, this article examines ways of conceptualizing the behavior in psychological test situations to which they are devoted. It also discusses the role of behavior observations in the inference process through which psychologists can seek answers to diagnostic questions, the function these paragraphs serve in reports, the Test Situation Apperception Test (TSAT), and the value of subjectivity.

Keywords: TSAT, behavioral observations, subjectivity, test reports, inference, psychological testing

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