The study of the relationships between divergent thinking and the core executive functions is long standing. However, the literature on this topic is not conclusive. The present review was aimed to clarify the extent to which divergent thinking is related to the core executive functions, namely inhibition, working memory and cognitive fexibility. The main fndings showed that divergent thinking is supported by inhibition in terms of fexible attention changes. Working memory appears to play a key role in enabling semantic associations when the focus of attention is narrowed. Then, although cognitive fexibility is a key element of divergent thinking, only a few studies independently investigated its contribution. Taken together, the results suggest that divergent thinking relies on the ability to switch between diferent mechanisms according to the individual’s ability and task demands. Future research directions are also discussed.

(2022). Divergent thinking and the core executive functions: a state-of-the-art review [journal article - articolo]. In COGNITIVE PROCESSING. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/213555

Divergent thinking and the core executive functions: a state-of-the-art review

Palmiero, Massimiliano;Fusi, Giulia;Crepaldi, Maura;Borsa, Virginia Maria;Rusconi, Maria Luisa
2022-04-23

Abstract

The study of the relationships between divergent thinking and the core executive functions is long standing. However, the literature on this topic is not conclusive. The present review was aimed to clarify the extent to which divergent thinking is related to the core executive functions, namely inhibition, working memory and cognitive fexibility. The main fndings showed that divergent thinking is supported by inhibition in terms of fexible attention changes. Working memory appears to play a key role in enabling semantic associations when the focus of attention is narrowed. Then, although cognitive fexibility is a key element of divergent thinking, only a few studies independently investigated its contribution. Taken together, the results suggest that divergent thinking relies on the ability to switch between diferent mechanisms according to the individual’s ability and task demands. Future research directions are also discussed.
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Palmiero, Massimiliano; Fusi, Giulia; Crepaldi, Maura; Borsa, Virginia Maria; Rusconi, Maria Luisa
(2022). Divergent thinking and the core executive functions: a state-of-the-art review [journal article - articolo]. In COGNITIVE PROCESSING. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/213555
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