The representation of affect revealed by Butoh dance

MacFarlane, L., Kulka, I. and Pollick, F.E. (2004) The representation of affect revealed by Butoh dance. Psychologia, 47(2), pp. 96-103.

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This study looks at the Japanese dance form, Butoh, and examines subjects' similarity ratings of ten affects to see whether they form a circumplex structure. Naive western viewers observed pairwise presentation of 15 second movie clips of dance segments devised to convey different affects. For each possible pairing of the ten affects observers provided a rating of dissimilarity of the dance movements. These dissimilarity ratings were analyzed using the Proxscal algorithm for multidimensional scaling. The results suggest a circumplex structure, with two dimensions that correspond to activation and valence. The cues which may aid recovery of activation and valence from movement are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pollick, Professor Frank
Authors: MacFarlane, L., Kulka, I., and Pollick, F.E.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Psychologia
ISSN (Online):1347-5916

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