Subjective and neurophysiological perspectives on emotion perception from dance

Grosbras, M.-H., Reason, M., Tan, H., Kay, R. and Pollick, F. (2017) Subjective and neurophysiological perspectives on emotion perception from dance. In: Karkou, V., Oliver, S. and Lycouris, S. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing. Series: Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press, pp. 57-75. ISBN 9780199949298 (doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199949298.013.46)

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Emotional engagement and aesthetic appreciation can be prime motivations for engaging with dance. Dance can therefore offer a valuable tool for the neuroscientific study of emotion processing. This idea underpinned the project Watching Dance, which investigated the neural correlates of subjective emotional response. Participants watched a four-minute video of contemporary dance involving two dancers and three music segments. Subjective emotional response was measured by continuous rating with a slider on an analogue scale, and structured interviews prompted participants to reflect on their ratings. The neural correlates were measured using functional brain imaging complemented by a brain interference study to investigate a causal link between regional brain activity and the subjective emotional response. A pattern of emotional rating emerged that was strongly influenced by both music and movement, as confirmed by the qualitative investigation. A direct link was established between posterior parietal cortex activity and emotional reaction to dance.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pollick, Professor Frank and Grosbras, Dr Marie-Helene
Authors: Grosbras, M.-H., Reason, M., Tan, H., Kay, R., and Pollick, F.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Oxford University Press
First Published:First published in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing: 57-75
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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