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Effects of Alcohol on a Divergent Figural Fluency test during the Illumination Phase of the Creative Process
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology.
1998 (English)In: Creativity Research Journal, 11, 265-274Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study examined whether or not acute alcohol intoxication inhibits

or facilitates fluency and its different components in the illumination phase of WallasÕ

(1926/1970) four stage model of creativity. Twenty-one authors with 21 matched

nonauthors were randomly assigned to three groups of equal size: a Control group, a

Placebo group and an Alcohol group (alcohol dose: 1 ml 100% alcohol/kg body weight).

They received a divergent figural fluency test which was evaluated in terms of fluency,

flexibility, obvious answers and original answers. The experiment produced three main

results: (a) the Alcohol group scored lower on flexibility compared to the Placebo group,

(b) scored higher on originality compared to the Control group, and (c) the authors and

nonauthors reacted in the same fashion to a moderate dose of alcohol. These results

were interpreted as an indication that a moderate dose of alcohol may exert a dual

control during the illumination phase of the creative process, by inhibiting or facilitating

different components

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1998.
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-18598OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-18598DiVA: diva2:592235
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21

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