Philosophy:Divergent Association Task

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The Divergent Association Task (DAT), published[1] in July 2021, is a psychological test designed to measure a person's creativity. The task involves naming ten nouns that differ as much as possible from each other. Here, the difference between two terms is understood in the semantic sense and is calculated by a special algorithm.[2][3]

The test specifically measures a component of creativity called divergent thinking, which is the ability to find different solutions to open-ended problems.[4]

There is an online version of the task[5] created by the authors who developed the DAT (Jay A. Olson, Johnny Nahas, Denis Chmoulevitch, Simon J. Cropper, Margaret E. Webb).


  1. Olson, Jay A.; Nahas, Johnny; Chmoulevitch, Denis; Cropper, Simon J.; Webb, Margaret E. (22 June 2021). "Naming unrelated words predicts creativity". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (25): e2022340118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2022340118. PMID 34140408. 
  2. Beketayev, Kenes; Runco, Mark A. (31 May 2016). "Scoring divergent thinking tests by computer with a semantics-based algorithm". Europe's Journal of Psychology 12 (2): 210–220. doi:10.5964/ejop.v12i2.1127. PMID 27298632. 
  3. Pennington, Jeffrey; Socher, Richard; Manning, Christopher (2014). "Glove: Global Vectors for Word Representation". Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP). pp. 1532–1543. doi:10.3115/v1/D14-1162. 
  4. Hunt, Katie (14 July 2021). "This simple word test reveals how creative you are, scientists say". CNN. 
  5. Online DAT

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