Can you call three words absolutely not related to each other? And five or ten? Scientists from Canada, USA and Australia established that this is a simple exercise and measuring the semantic distance between words can serve as an objective indicator of verbal creativity — a fundamental, but little studied phenomenon.
Scientists from McGill University, Harvard and the University of Melbourne used a test for divergent associations (Divergent Association Test, DAT) to measure one aspect of creative potential. Dat was developed by Jebe Olson, a student of the psychiatric department of the Canadian university, based on a children’s game in unbound words. He suggested that such a task could be a simple and elegant way to measure divergent thinking — the ability to find a variety of solutions to an ambiguous problem,
The result of the experiment found a correlation from the average to a strong between the semantic distance and two frequently used methods for evaluating creative abilities: AUT tests (Alternative Uses Task) and Bag (Bridge-The-Associative Gap Task). Then this method was used for 8,500 participants from 98 countries. And showed that demographic variables affect the difference in semantic distances only insignificant way. That is, this method can be used among residents of different countries.
The proposed method is distinguished from the analogues simplicity and speed, which facilitates the assessment of the wide segments of the population with a smaller percentage of systematic errors. According to scientists, it will help to better understand the fundamental ability for a person.
Experiment, held a couple of years ago by British scientists,
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