This study investigates the relation between task succes, working memory and creativity in novice participants. A modified boxing glove reduced the effectiveness of left-handed strikes. Yet, they were to hit a target at the left side of a boxing bag with criterion impact. Task success depended on search behaviours and creativity, but not on working memory.
Creative solutions to problems can be facilitated by guiding search behavior. In cognitive tasks, when solving convergent tasks with few solutions, high available working memory (WM) resources guide creative solutions via repeated (persistent) search within a solution subcategory. This study tested whether WM resources affect search behavior and creative outcomes in a convergent motor task. Novices to combat sports repeatedly struck a target with the intent to achieve a target force. To manipulate available WM resources, every ten strikes, participants were asked to recall and then retain a sequence of 5 digits (high load group) or 2 digits (low load group).