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

Dewhurst, Stephen A.; Thorley, Craig; Hammond, Emily R.; Ormerod, Thomas C.

Authors

Craig Thorley

Emily R. Hammond

Thomas C. Ormerod



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. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011-07
Journal PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 1
Pages 73-76
APA6 Citation Dewhurst, S. A., Thorley, C., Hammond, E. R., & Ormerod, T. C. (2011). Convergent, but not divergent, thinking predicts susceptibility to associative memory illusions. Personality and individual differences, 51(1), (73-76). doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.03.018. ISSN 0191-8869
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2011.03.018
Keywords False memory; Individual differences; Creativity