Exploring collective experience in watching dance through intersubject correlation and functional connectivity of fMRI brain activity

Pollick, F. E. , Vicary, S., Noble, K., Kim, N., Jang, S. and Stevens, C. J. (2018) Exploring collective experience in watching dance through intersubject correlation and functional connectivity of fMRI brain activity. In: Christensen, J. F. and Gomila, A. (eds.) The Art and the Brain: Psychology and Physiology Beyond Pleasure. Series: Progress in brain research (237). Elsevier Academic Press: Cambridge, MA, pp. 373-397. ISBN 9780128139813 (doi:10.1016/bs.pbr.2018.03.016)

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Abstract

How the brain contends with naturalistic viewing conditions when it must cope with concurrent streams of diverse sensory inputs and internally generated thoughts is still largely an open question. In this study, we used fMRI to record brain activity while a group of 18 participants watched an edited dance duet accompanied by a soundtrack. After scanning, participants performed a short behavioral task to identify neural correlates of dance segments that could later be recalled. Intersubject correlation (ISC) analysis was used to identify the brain regions correlated among observers, and the results of this ISC map were used to define a set of regions for subsequent analysis of functional connectivity. The resulting network was found to be composed of eight subnetworks and the significance of these subnetworks is discussed. While most subnetworks could be explained by sensory and motor processes, two subnetworks appeared related more to complex cognition. These results inform our understanding of the neural basis of common experience in watching dance and open new directions for the study of complex cognition.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Brain, cognitive neuroscience, dance, default mode network, functional connectivity, intersubject correlation, network, neuroaesthetics, fMRI.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Noble, Miss Katie and Pollick, Professor Frank and Vicary, Ms Staci
Authors: Pollick, F. E., Vicary, S., Noble, K., Kim, N., Jang, S., and Stevens, C. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Publisher:Elsevier Academic Press
ISBN:9780128139813
Published Online:03 May 2018

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