Testing, testing

A small collection of tests, psychometric, psychological and others, drawn from the Science Museum’s Brought to Life, Exploring the History of Medicine online galleries. Above, Lowenfeld Mosaic Plates, London England, 1955-1965: ‘sets of plastic tiles [devised by Dr Margaret Lowenfeld] in five different geometric shapes and six primary colours. The child was given the tiles and a wooden tray and then used the pieces any way they liked. The psychologist then interpreted the patterns.’

Above, ‘Passalong Test’, psychological test, London, England, 1960-1990: ‘The subject is given a design card. They must make the image using the blocks. Each test has a time limit. The time taken to complete each card is scored to work out IQ.’

Above, Psychological sorting test, United States, 1945: ‘The Goldstein-Scheerer Object Sorting test is used to assess abstract thinking and how well concepts are formed… developed by German psychiatrist Kurt Goldstein (1878-1965) and the German psychologist Martin Scheerer (1900-61).’

Above, Rivermead assessment test, England, 1991: ‘The Rivermead Perceptual Assessment Battery measured deficits in visual perception that could follow strokes or head injuries. It was invented in 1985. A patient was given 16 tests over a one-hour period… The test was developed at the Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre in Oxford, England.’

Above, Toys for use in Griffiths Mental Development Scale, United Kingdom, 1984: ‘hildren from birth to two years-old were tested using these objects. They form part of the Griffiths Mental Development Scale. The complete test consists of 260 test items. It was designed by psychologist Ruth Griffiths in 1951′

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