Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 1043–1048

Intelligence and cognitive flexibility: Fluid intelligence correlates with feature “unbinding” across perception and action

  • Lorenza S. Colzato
  • Nelleke C. van Wouwe
  • Tristan J. Lavender
  • Bernhard Hommel
Brief Report


People integrate the features of perceived events and of action plans, as well as of episodic stimulus—response relations, intoevent files. We investigated whether the management of event files, and particularly the speed of updating the binding between the task-relevant stimulus feature and the response, correlates with fluid intelligence. Indeed, the performance of participants scoring high on Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices test was less impaired by a mismatch between the stimulus—response relation in the current and the previous trial. This result suggests that high intelligence is accompanied by a higher degree of flexibility in handling event files—that is, by higher efficiency in updating episodic representations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorenza S. Colzato
    • 1
  • Nelleke C. van Wouwe
    • 1
  • Tristan J. Lavender
    • 1
  • Bernhard Hommel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology UnitLeiden UniversityRB LeidenThe Netherlands

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