Neurodevelopmental perspectives on dance learning: insights from early adolescence and young adulthood

Sumanapala, D. K., Walbrin, J., Kirsch, L. P. and Cross, E. S. (2018) Neurodevelopmental perspectives on dance learning: insights from early adolescence and young adulthood. In: Christensen, J. F. and Gomila, A. (eds.) The Arts and the Brain: Psychology and Physiology Beyond Pleasure. Series: Progress in Brain Research (237). Elsevier, pp. 243-277. ISBN 9780128139813 (doi:10.1016/bs.pbr.2018.03.010)

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Abstract

Studies investigating human motor learning and movement perception have shown that similar sensorimotor brain regions are engaged when we observe or perform action sequences. However, the way these networks enable translation of complex observed actions into motor commands—such as in the context of dance—remains poorly understood. Emerging evidence suggests that the ability to encode specific visuospatial and kinematic movement properties encountered via different routes of sensorimotor experience may be an integral component of action learning throughout development. Using a video game-based dance training paradigm, we demonstrate that patterns of voxel activity in visual and sensorimotor brain regions when perceiving movements following training are related to the sensory modalities through which these movements were encountered during whole-body dance training. Compared to adolescents, young adults in this study demonstrated more distinctive patterns of voxel activity in visual cortices in relation to different types of sensorimotor experience. This finding suggests that cortical maturity might influence the extent to which prior sensorimotor experiences shape brain activity when watching others in action, and potentially impact how we acquire new motor skills.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cross, Professor Emily
Authors: Sumanapala, D. K., Walbrin, J., Kirsch, L. P., and Cross, E. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:00796123
ISBN:9780128139813
Published Online:24 April 2018

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