Theoretical perspective: Creative actions emerge from movement variability

In this position paper, we lay out our theoretical perspective regarding the emergence of creative motor actions in general, and in combat sports in particular. Following an ecological dynamics approach, we hold that athletes do not intentionally search for a creative action, but discover them in the act, while trying to satisfy the dynamic interacting constraints.  … Continue reading Theoretical perspective: Creative actions emerge from movement variability

Stimulating persistent exploration and creativity with augmented feedback in martial arts

This study examined how feedback about the impact force of striking and kicking actions structures a workout in elite karate athletes. It shows that feedback guides the athletes toward optimizing their strikes and kicks by inducing more persistent exploration. The study illustrates how coaches can use feedback to stimulate the occurrence of creative actions in martial arts. … Continue reading Stimulating persistent exploration and creativity with augmented feedback in martial arts

Overview: creativity in combat sports

This research project is about creativity in combat sports. We study creativity from an ecological dynamics approach. Our basic argument is that creative actions emerge during an athlete's varying attempts to satisfy the dynamic constraints. The larger the variability in the resulting movement repertoire, the greater the likelihood that the athlete produces creative actions.    … Continue reading Overview: creativity in combat sports