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Uncorking the muse: alcohol intoxication facilitates creative problem solving.

Abstract

That alcohol provides a benefit to creative processes has long been assumed by popular culture, but to date has not been tested. The current experiment tested the effects of moderate alcohol intoxication on a common creative problem solving task, the Remote Associates Test (RAT). Individuals were brought to a blood alcohol content of approximately .075, and, after reaching peak intoxication, completed a battery of RAT items. Intoxicated individuals solved more RAT items, in less time, and were more likely to perceive their solutions as the result of a sudden insight. Results are interpreted from an attentional control perspective.

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  • Authors

    Jarosz AF, Colflesh GJ, Wiley J

    Institution

    Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1007 W. Harrison St. MC 285, Chicago, IL 60647, USA. ajaros5@uic.edu

    Source

    Consciousness and cognition 21:1 2012 Mar pg 487-93

    MeSH

    Adult
    Alcoholic Intoxication
    Attention
    Creativeness
    Executive Function
    Humans
    Male
    Problem Solving
    United States
    Word Association Tests

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22285424