Convergent, but not divergent, thinking predicts susceptibility to associative memory illusions

Dewhurst, Stephen A., Thorley, Craig, Hammond, Emily R., and Ormerod, Thomas C. (2011) Convergent, but not divergent, thinking predicts susceptibility to associative memory illusions. Personality and Individual Differences, 51 (1). pp. 73-76.

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Abstract

The relationship between creativity and susceptibility to associative memory illusions in the Deese/Roediger–McDermott procedure was investigated using a multiple regression analysis. Susceptibility to false recognition was significantly predicted by performance on a measure of convergent thinking (the Remote Associates Task) but not by performance on a measure of divergent thinking (the Alternative Uses Task). These findings suggest that the ability to engage in convergent (but not divergent) thinking underlies some of the individual variation in susceptibility to associative memory illusions by influencing the automaticity with which critical lures are activated at encoding.

Item ID: 46868
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-3549
Keywords: false memory; individual differences; creativity
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 01:24
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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