Author(s)

Alyssa M. Nevell

Graduation Year

2012

Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-9-2012

Major Department or Program

Psychology

Advisor(s)

Paul Jeffries

Abstract

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.

Page Count

45

Subject Headings

Insight -- Insight problems, Creative ability - Creative insight, Alcohol -- Suggestions, Drinking of alcoholic beverages, Whitman College 2012 -- Dissertation collection -- Psychology Department

Permanent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10349/1155

Document Type

Public Accessible Thesis

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