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It is a commonly held expectation that the consumption of alcohol will enhance and individual’s creative process. There is also a wide body of literature demonstrating the powerful effects a positive or a negative suggestion can have on a persons cognitive processes. The present study looks at how type of alcohol—a real or a sham drink—and how type of suggestion effect people’s ability to solve creative insight problems. As predicted, we found that participants receiving a sham-alcohol drink—those who believe they are consuming alcohol but in fact are not—outperform those who receive a real alcohol drink, and participants who receive a positive suggestion about how alcohol will effect their insight problem solving abilities outperform those who receive a negative or control suggestion.
Alcohol -- Physiological effect, Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Psychological aspects, Problem solving, Whitman College 2012 -- Dissertation collection -- Psychology Department
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Nevell, Alyssa M., "Alcohol and the power of suggestion : their interactive effects on the insight phase of creative problem solving" (2012). Honors Theses. 162.
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