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The Remote Associates Test (RAT) is a creativity test used to determine a human’s creative potential. The test typically lasts forty minutes and consists of thirty to forty-four questions in which each of these three common stimuli is considered to be unrelated. The person being tested must think of a word that is somehow related to each of the first three words. [1] Scores are calculated based on the correct questions.


The Remote Associates Test (RAT), published in 1959 by Professor Sarnoff Mednick and Martha T. Mednick. [2] In 1971, Mednick and Mednick published the high school form of the RAT. [3] Mednick and Mednick, the creative thinking process in the field of “the formation of associative elements in the new combination, the most creative, the most creative the process or solution. ” [4] [5] Mednick reported a Spearman-Brown reliability of RAT = 0.92 in a sample of students at an Eastern women’s college, and 0.91 in a sample of men tested atUniversity of Michigan . [2]


The two adult forms of RAT consists of 30 items each. The answer is allowed 40 minutes to complete the test. Each item provides three stimuli that are remote from one another; The answer is then required to find (via the creative process) another word that is a criteria-meeting mediating link, which can be associated with a meaningful way. The test-taker’s score is the correct number. [2]

Example items [2]

Widow, Cock, Monkey Bass, Complex, Sleep Bald, Screech, Emblem [ show ]Room, Blood, Salts

Compound Remote Associates Test

In Mednick’s two college-level versions of the test, each consisting of 30 items, each item can be associated with the solution word in a number of ways. [6] [7] For example, the three words Sami / tennis / head are associated with the solution match by moyen de synonymy (same game =) formation of a compound (matchhead) and semanticsassociation (tennis match). In 2003, Edward M. Bowden and Mark Jung-Beeman developed a combination of remote compound problems and subset of RAT problems for their studies of insight problem solving. They were more likely to be involved in the study of RAT, and to present participants with a more consistent task – that the solution would also be related to the stimulus words in the same way. They are a set of problems in the compounding of a compound word (or phrase) (eg, age / mile / sand for the compounds stone age , milestone , and sandstonewith the solution word stone). Solution words were never repeated or used as problem words were sometimes repeated. The problems can be divided into two types: homogeneous , for which the solution is a prefix (or suffix ) to all three words of the triad problem, and heterogeneous , for which the solution is a prefix (or suffix) to at least one of the words of the triad and a suffix (prefix) to the other word (s) of the triad. The 144 problems were made according to the time required to solve the problem. This compound RAT gives researchers a normative cohesive and operational definition list, where subjects are able to solve tasks in less time. The Increase in the task solving ratios aussi Provides the test with stronger reliability , aim at the price of loosing complexity and ending up with a less challenging test, in terms of creativity. [6] [7] [8]

Example Items [6]

Fox, Man, Peep Sleeping, Bean, Trash [ show ]Dust, Cereal, Fish


According to Mednick, the RAT could be used to test “all fields of creative endeavor” and to suggest that those who will be more successful in the sciences . [2] Mednick aussi suggéré That this test be used to select students from lower-income families to be admis to special educational programs . However, there is no doubt that they have done so well in the field of RAT. [1] Worthen and Clark (1971) [9] concluded that the RAT measured sensitivity to languagerather than creative potential. The correct response is often the most important response. Worthen and Clark on the RAT to create the Functionally Remote Associates Test (FRAT) that depends on functional relationships.


Despite the original intent for the RAT has been used as a measure of individual differences in associative ability, the RAT has fallen as a self-standing test of creativity. [7] This test has been used to assess the range of cognitive abilities thought to underline creative thinking. [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]

Over the years, the RAT has been used to assess various cognitive abilities linked to creativity , insight , memory and problem solving . [10] [11] [14] It has-been used to study the relationship entre creativity and Rapid eye movement sleep (REM) [16] , peripheral care [17] , attention deficit [18] , memory [14] , synesthesia [ 19] , and mental illness [20] . In a meta analysis [21]The RAT is one of the most widely used standardized tests in the field of neurodegeneration, following the Alternate Uses Test [22] [23] and placing the Torrance Test of Creativity [24] in third place.

Whether the RAT should be used as a measure of associative processing, convergent thinking and / or creative thinking remains an open question on both theoretical and empirical grounds [7] . Currently, the debate surrounding the use of RAT is difficult to determine in the absence of additional empirical studies of the internal and external structure of the RAT. Findings from one study [7] provide evidence for the RAT as a convergent thinking test, but much still remains to be understood about potential subprocesses of convergent thinking theorized to be assessed by the RAT [2]and how these processes are linked to actual creative behaviors. [7]

International Versions

The RAT has been adapted into several versions. Researchers have developed in Jamaica [25] adaptation Hebrew [26] , Dutch [27] , Italian [28] , Chinese [29] and Japanese [30] versions.


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