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Test Number 54
Title Remote Associates Tests
Author Mednick, S. A.; Mednick, M. T.
Category Test
Copyright Date 1967
Availability Contact author
Age/Grade Level College-adult
Cost Contact author
Source Professor Sarnoff A. Mednick
Address Social Science Research Institute University of Southern California
Phone 213-740-4275
Fax 213-740-7778
web or e-mail Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Definition Based on the author’s theory of associative creativity. The creative thinking process is the forming of associative elements into new combinations which either meet specified requirements or are in some way useful. The more mutually remote the elements of the new combination, the more creative the process or solution.
Purposes A measure of the ability to think creatively in all fields
Characteristics Generating Ideas

Good The manual offers no reliability evidence. Limited evidence is offered for validity. Norms were established for a narrow range of professionals.

Fair Correlations of supervisor’s ratings with scores ranged from .0 to .70. The correlation with IQ was .40. There was a negative correlation with GPA.

Poor Insufficient data available

Poor Information not available.

Poor The lack of supporting data and meaningful norms make interpretation difficult.

Poor Information not available.

Reviews & Related Lit
MMY #8, 1978: Meas, J. E. “R.A.T. is a measure of convergent rather than divergent thinking...(it should) not be used for counseling or placement purposes at the present time.”T Andrews, F. M. (1965). Factors affecting the manifestation of creative ability by scientists. Journal of Personality, 33, 140-152. Baird, L. L. (1972). Review of the Remote Associates Test. In O. K. Boros (Ed.), Seventh Mental Measurements Yearbook, (vol. 1) Highland Park, NJ: Gryphon. Beckman, M. E., & Tuckman, B. W. (1972). Review of Remote Associates Test. Journal of Educational Measurement, 9(2), 161-162. Datta, L.-E. (1964). A note on the Remote Associates Test, United States culture and creativity. Journal of Applied Psychology, 48(3), 184-185. Davis, G. A., & Belcher, T. L. (1971). How shall creativity be measured? Torrance Tests RAT, Alpha Biographical, and IQ. Journal of Creative Behavior, 5(3), 153-161. Hamilton, M. A. (1982). "Jamaicanizing" the Mednick Remote Associates Test of Creativity. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 55(Aug.), 321-322. Higgins, J. (1966). A further study of the correlates of the Remote Associates Test of creativity. Psychology, 3 (1), 18-20. Houston, J. P. & Mednick, S. A. (1963). Creativity and the need for novelty. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 66, 137-141. Martindale, C. (1972). Anxiety, intelligence and access to primitive modes of thought in high and low scorers on the Remote Associates Test. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 35(2), 375-381. Mednick, M. T. (1963). Research creativity in psychology graduate students. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 27, 265-266. Mednick, M. T., Mednick, S. A., & Jung, C. C. (1964). Continual association as a function of level of creativity and type of verbal stimulus. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 69, 511-515. Mednick, M. T., Mednick, S. A., & Mednick, E. V. (1964). Incubation of creative performance and specific associative priming. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 69, 84-88. Mednick, S. (1962). The associative basis of the creative process. Psychological Review, 69(3), 220-232. Mednick, S. A. (1968). The Remote Associates Test. Journal of Creative Behavior, 2(3), 213-214. Milgram, R. M., & Rabkin, L. (1980). Developmental test of Mednick's associative hierarchies of original thinking. Developmental Psychology, 16(2), 157-158. Narayanan, S., & Paramesh, C. R. (1978). Paramesh Remote Associates Test (PRAT) and its relation to convergent and divergent tests. Indian Journal of Psychology, 53(1), 8-12. Taft, R., & Rossiter, J. R. (1966). The Remote Associates Test: divergent or convergent thinking. Psychological Reports, 19, 1313-1314.

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