Picture arrangement test

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Picture arrangement test is a psychological test performed by giving the subject pictures of a person with various facial expressions. The test consists of 25 sets of three pictures that the subject is asked to tell a story with by putting a card in sequence and writing a sentence about it. The test was created by Silvan Tomkins who used it to practice reading facial expressions by watching a recording of the story being told with no sound.

The reliability of this test has been disputed, however. For example, patients suffering from schizophrenia have been found to score as more "normal" than patients with no such mental disorders.[1]

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  1. ^ Piotrowski, Z. (1958-01-01). The Tomkins-Horn Picture Arrangement Test. The journal of nervous and mental disease, 126(1), 106. doi:10.1097/00005053-195801000-00016


  • THE STUDY OF THE PROBLEM OF PICTORIAL PERCEPTION AMONG UNACCULTURATED GROUPS. HUDSON, WILLIAM International Journal of Psychology, Vol 2(2), 1967, 89-107. doi:10.1080/00207596708247206
  • http://www.gladwell.com/2002/2002_08_05_a_face.htm The Naked Face, The New Yorker 2002
  • The Tomkins-Horn Picture Arrangement Test. Tomkins, Silvan S. Transactions of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol 15, 1952, 46-50
  • Affect, imagery, consciousness, Vol. 4: Cognition: Duplication and transformation of information. Tomkins, Silvan Solomon New York, NY, US: Springer Publishing Co. (1992). xviii, 441 pp.
  • CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STANDARDIZATION OF THE TOMKINS-HORN PICTURE ARRANGEMENT TEST: PLATE NORMS. Tomkins, Silvan S.; Miner, John B. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, Vol 39, 1955, 199-214.