Cognitive Mediation

Cognitive Mediation

This is the second cluster in the cognitive triad. Whereas the processing data focus on the input activities that lead to the formation of a mental image or perception, the data in this domain relates to how that image is identified or translated. This process requires some cognitive mediation between the image stored in short term memory and leaves the images or perceptions available to be recalled from memory and made available for the individual to accomplish tasks of responding to the questions like, "What might this be?"


Popular answers are those responses that occur in at least one out of every three protocols. The frequency by which they occur provides information concerning the likelihood the patient will make conventional responses or provide the "obvious" and "customary" responses in appropriate situations where the cues regarding expected or accepted behaviors are identified easily. The number of popular responses reflects the patient's degree of similarity to most people, the extent to which they conform to social standards, and the relative ease with which they can be influenced in interpersonal relationships. Persons who reject conventional modes of thinking give a significantly lower number of populars than others who are more conforming and relatively conventional.

Form Quality

The accuracy of the interpretation will, to a considerable extent, depend on the interpreter's understanding of the response process. It is especially important to understand the relation between the response process and Form Quality coding as well as the relation of those codes to the other variables in the cluster

Conventional Form Quality

Responses with conventional form quality are essentially an indication of the degree to which a patient perceives things in a conventional and realistic manner. An extremely high percentage of such responses suggests the person will perceive their world in an overly conventional manner even to the extent that they might sacrifice their individuality. They are likely to be might be "hyper normal," inflexible, rigid, and overly conventional.

Unusual Form Quality

These responses often reflect an idiosyncratic or individualisitic view of the world.

Distorted Form Quality

Responses with distorted form quality reflect some personal aspect of the individual that causes the envionment to be disregarded and replaced by inaccurate and often unique and internal aspects of the person that can become projected into the envionment. Distorted responses represent a disregard for, or distortion of reality. Frequently, such responses can provide some insights into the causes of the dysfunction in cognitive mediation. Obviously, when such responses predominate a protocol with substantial frequency, they usually indicate a significant cognitive dysfunction that can be related to any of a variety of serious psychological or neurological disordersproblems.