Remote Association Test
This exercise is based on forming of associative elements into new combinations. The more mutually remote the new combinations, the more creative the process or solution.
You are presented with three words and asked to find a fourth word that is related to all three. For instance, what word do you think is related to these three words?
The answer in this case is house … house paint, dollhouse, and housecat.
How about these three?
The answer is foot … footstool, foot powder, and football.
Now, how about these sets of words?
(Please click on each textbox to reveal the correct associative answer)
If you were able to answer all of these in under 5 minutes, you’ve demonstrated above average Creative thinking abilities.
Now, lets see how you do with a more difficult problem. How are the following objects related?
To solve this formless problem, you have to think in totally different, even bizarre ways. For instance:
- Do the words share any features in spelling or pronunciation in common?
- What do you associate the objects with?
- What do they have in common?
- Where do you find them?
- Do they have any parts in common?
- Are part of something else, the human body, for example?