Uncorking the muse: alcohol intoxication facilitates creative problem solving.
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.
SourceConsciousness and cognition 21:1 2012 Mar pg 487-93
Word Association Tests
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't