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Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy

The goal of this project is to better understand the neuronal processes that underlie affective and kinesthetic responses to the observation of dance movements. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and involves collaboration between Dr. Corinne Jola (now at INSERM-CEA, NeuroSpin Centre, France), Professor Frank Pollick, and Dr. Marie-Helene Grosbras at Glasgow University, Professor Dee Reynolds at the University of Manchester, Dr. Anna Kuppuswamy of Imperial College, and Dr. Matthew Reason of York St John University. The techniques that were used include qualitative audience research, behavioural, brain imaging (fMRI) and neurophysiology (EMG, TMS). Please see also the project website www.watchingdance.org.

Below are clips of the three performances РBallet, Indian, and non-dance Acting Рused in our studies on visual familiarity as described in Pollick, Jola et al. (2010), Jola et al. 2012 PLoS ONE, Jola et al.  2013 iPerception, Jola et al. 2013 Cogn Neurosci, and Jola et al. 2011 Consciousness and Cognition.

The clips shown here are:
– in their “raw” form in the top 3 movies (recorded during a spearate session in the TMS experiment, Jola et al. 2012 PLoS ONE; Jola & Grosbras 2013 Cogn Neurosci) and
– in an edited version in the bottom 3 moves (recorded during a separate fimling session, Manuscript in prep) and
– the Indian dance in an unedited version as used in Jola et al. 2013 iPerception

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images Ballet (raw form)


images Acting (raw form)


SWF-32Ballet from filming session


SWF-32 Indian Dancing from filming session


SWF-32Acting from filming session


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