Assessing Associative Distance Among Ideas Elicited by Tests of Divergent Thinking

  title={Assessing Associative Distance Among Ideas Elicited by Tests of Divergent Thinking},
  author={Selcuk Acar and Mark A. Runco},
  journal={Creativity Research Journal},
  pages={229 - 238}
Tests of divergent thinking represent the most commonly used assessment of creative potential. Typically they are scored for total ideational output (fluency), ideational originality, and, sometimes, ideational flexibility. That scoring system provides little information about the underlying process and about the associations among ideas. It also does not really capture the key principle of divergent thinking, namely that ideas may be found when cognition explores new (divergent) directions… 

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