Declines in divergent thinking with age: cross-sectional, longitudinal, and cross-sequential analyses.


Journal Article

Six measures of divergent thinking were administered to 825 men ranging in age from 17 to 101 over the period from 1959 to 1972; repeat administrations were given to a subset of 278 men after a 6-year interval. Cross-sectional analyses showed curvilinear trends, with an increase in scores for men under 40 and a decline thereafter. Repeated measures analyses on subjects initially aged 33 to 74 generally replicated this finding, whereas cross-sequential analyses suggested a decline for all cohorts tested at a later time. Additional analyses suggested that not all of the decline could be attributed to reduced speed of response production. These longitudinal findings confirm earlier cross-sectional reports of decline in divergent thinking abilities with age.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McCrae, RR; Arenberg, D; Costa, PT

Published Date

  • June 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 130 - 137

PubMed ID

  • 3268202

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3268202

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0882-7974

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0882-7974.2.2.130


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States