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Creativity on tap? Effects of alcohol intoxication on creative cognition.
Conscious Cogn 2017; 56:128-134CC

Abstract

Anecdotal reports link alcohol intoxication to creativity, while cognitive research highlights the crucial role of cognitive control for creative thought. This study examined the effects of mild alcohol intoxication on creative cognition in a placebo-controlled design. Participants completed executive and creative cognition tasks before and after consuming either alcoholic beer (BAC of 0.03) or non-alcoholic beer (placebo). Alcohol impaired executive control, but improved performance in the Remote Associates Test, and did not affect divergent thinking ability. The findings indicate that certain aspects of creative cognition benefit from mild attenuations of cognitive control, and contribute to the growing evidence that higher cognitive control is not always associated with better cognitive performance.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Psychology, University of Graz, Austria. Electronic address: mathias.benedek@uni-graz.at.Institute of Psychology, University of Graz, Austria.Institute of Psychology, University of Graz, Austria.Institute of Psychology, University of Graz, Austria.

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28705663

Citation

Benedek, Mathias, et al. "Creativity On Tap? Effects of Alcohol Intoxication On Creative Cognition." Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 56, 2017, pp. 128-134.
Benedek M, Panzierer L, Jauk E, et al. Creativity on tap? Effects of alcohol intoxication on creative cognition. Conscious Cogn. 2017;56:128-134.
Benedek, M., Panzierer, L., Jauk, E., & Neubauer, A. C. (2017). Creativity on tap? Effects of alcohol intoxication on creative cognition. Consciousness and Cognition, 56, pp. 128-134. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2017.06.020.
Benedek M, et al. Creativity On Tap? Effects of Alcohol Intoxication On Creative Cognition. Conscious Cogn. 2017;56:128-134. PubMed PMID: 28705663.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Creativity on tap? Effects of alcohol intoxication on creative cognition. AU - Benedek,Mathias, AU - Panzierer,Lisa, AU - Jauk,Emanuel, AU - Neubauer,Aljoscha C, Y1 - 2017/07/10/ PY - 2016/10/20/received PY - 2017/05/23/revised PY - 2017/06/29/accepted PY - 2017/7/15/pubmed PY - 2018/6/23/medline PY - 2017/7/15/entrez KW - Alcohol KW - Creativity KW - Disinhibition KW - Executive function SP - 128 EP - 134 JF - Consciousness and cognition JO - Conscious Cogn VL - 56 N2 - Anecdotal reports link alcohol intoxication to creativity, while cognitive research highlights the crucial role of cognitive control for creative thought. This study examined the effects of mild alcohol intoxication on creative cognition in a placebo-controlled design. Participants completed executive and creative cognition tasks before and after consuming either alcoholic beer (BAC of 0.03) or non-alcoholic beer (placebo). Alcohol impaired executive control, but improved performance in the Remote Associates Test, and did not affect divergent thinking ability. The findings indicate that certain aspects of creative cognition benefit from mild attenuations of cognitive control, and contribute to the growing evidence that higher cognitive control is not always associated with better cognitive performance. SN - 1090-2376 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28705663/Creativity_on_tap_Effects_of_alcohol_intoxication_on_creative_cognition_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1053-8100(16)30371-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -