-MARIANNE MOORE (1951) The spark in this line of poetry seems to stem from the juxtaposition of the words "ferocious" and "chrysanthemum," words drawn from mutually distant domains. Their combination is made possible by the mediation of the image of a lion's head. All creative thinking, I have suggested, consists of the forming of mutually distant associative elements into new combinations which are useful and meet specified as well as unforeseen requirements (Mednick, 1962). The degree of creativity in the process or solution varies with the mutual remoteness of the associative elements and the number of specified and unforeseen requirements the solution meets. The definition of the creative process has suggested a way of testing for individual differences in creativity-by requiring the person being tested to form mutually distant associative elements into new combinations by providing mediating links. Resultant combinations must meet criteria that are experimenter-imposed. Each test item in the RAT consists of three stimulus words: Example I: railroad girl class The subject must find a fourth word that can link these words, *The Remote Associates Test is co-authored by Sharon Halpern and is published by Houghton-Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Volume 2 Number 3 Summer 7968 The
The Journal of Creative Behavior – Wiley
Published: Jul 1, 1968
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