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Normative data for 144 compound remote associate problems


We have developed and tested 144 compound remote associate problems. Across eight experiments, 289 participants were given four time limits (2 sec, 7 sec, 15 sec, or 30 sec) for solving each problem. This paper provides a brief overview of the problems and normative data regarding the percentage of participants solving, and mean time-to-solution for, each problem at each time limit. These normative data can be used in selecting problems on the basis of difficulty or mean time necessary for reaching a solution.


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Correspondence to Edward M. Bowden or Mark Jung-Beeman.

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The data were collected while the authors were at the Department of Neurology, Cognitive Neuroscience Section, Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL, and the Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania.

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Bowden, E.M., Jung-Beeman, M. Normative data for 144 compound remote associate problems. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers 35, 634–639 (2003).

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