Building Individual Semantic Networks and Exploring their Relationships with Creativity

Matthieu Bernard, Yoed N. Kenett, Marcela Ovando-Tellez, Mathias Benedek, Emmanuelle Volle

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Abstract

The associative theory of creativity suggests that creative abilities rely on the organization of semantic associations in memory. Recent research has demonstrated that semantic network methods allow testing this hypothesis. The aim of the current study was to investigate the properties of semantic networks at the individual level, in relation to creative abilities. Semantic judgement ratings were used to estimate individual semantic networks, whose topological properties measured by several graph metrics were correlated with individual creativity scores. We found a correlation between the theoretical semantic distance of our stimuli and the relatedness ratings given by the participants, demonstrating the validity of our approach. Importantly, we found a close relationship between creative abilities assessed by an achievement questionnaire and divergent thinking tasks and individual semantic network metrics, replicating and extending previous similar findings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Subtitle of host publicationCreativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
Pages138-144
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)0991196775, 9780991196777
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 24 Jul 201927 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019

Conference

Conference41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period24/07/1927/07/19

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019.All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • associative thinking
  • creativity
  • network science
  • semantic networks

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