Normative data for 102 Spanish remote associate problems and age-related differences in performance

José Luis Peláez-Alfonso 1 , Santiago Pelegrina 2  and M. Teresa Lechuga 2
  • 1 Consejería de Educación, Centro del Profesorado Úbeda, , Jaén, Spain
  • 2 University of Jaen, Department of Psychology, Spain

Abstract

The Remote Associates Test (RAT) is a measure developed by Mednick (1962) which is used to assess the convergent thinking component of creativity. This study presents a normative database in Spanish including 102 problems based on the RAT. Three sets of problems were built according to the type of between-word associations: semantic, compound, and two-word expressions. These problems were administered to a sample of 309 elementary, high-school, and university students. The results show good internal consistency as well as good convergent validity with insight problems, and discriminant validity using Guilford’s Alternative Uses Test. In addition, the results indicate age-related differences in the ability to solve the different types of problems.

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