Motor creativity: the roles of attention breadth and working memory in a divergent doing task

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We evaluated the dual-pathway model to creativity in a motor context. The model describes separate flexibility and persistence pathways that are affected differently by breadth of attention and working memory. Motor creativity was tested using a divergent doing task. In Experiment 1 participants performed the divergent doing task after attention was broadened, narrowed or not manipulated. In Experiment 2, the divergent doing task was performed with a low or high working memory load. We found that a broad attention increased flexibility but not persistence. Also originality was unaffected. Taxing working memory did not affect persistence, flexibility or originality. The results provide partial support for the dual-pathway model in motor creativity. Discusion focusses on increased demands for the appropriatness of a solution in divergent doing relative to divergent thinking and to degree to which this implies a more general shortcoming of the dual-pathway model.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of cognitive psychology
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)856-867
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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