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  The impact of aesthetic evaluation and physical ability on dance perception

Cross, E. S., Kirsch, L., Ticini, L. F., & Schütz-Bosbach, S. (2011). The impact of aesthetic evaluation and physical ability on dance perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5: 102. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2011.00102.

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Cross, Emily S.1, 2, 3, Author              
Kirsch, Louise1, Author
Ticini, Luca Francesco1, 4, Author              
Schütz-Bosbach, Simone1, Author              
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1Max Planck Research Group Body and Self, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634554              
2Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, ou_persistent22              
3School of Psychology, Wales Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor University, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
4Italian Society of Neuroesthetics, Trieste, Italy, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Dance; Neuroaesthetics; Parietal; Visual; fMRI; AON; Ballet
 Abstract: The field of neuroaesthetics attracts attention from neuroscientists and artists interested in the neural underpinnings of esthetic experience. Though less studied than the neuroaesthetics of visual art, dance neuroaesthetics is a particularly rich subfield to explore, as it is informed not only by research on the neurobiology of aesthetics, but also by an extensive literature on how action experience shapes perception. Moreover, it is ideally suited to explore the embodied simulation account of esthetic experience, which posits that activation within sensorimotor areas of the brain, known as the action observation network (AON), is a critical element of the esthetic response. In the present study, we address how observers’ esthetic evaluation of dance is related to their perceived physical ability to reproduce the movements they watch. Participants underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging while evaluating how much they liked and how well they thought they could physically replicate a range of dance movements performed by professional ballet dancers. We used parametric analyses to evaluate brain regions that tracked with degree of liking and perceived physical ability. The findings reveal strongest activation of occipitotemporal and parietal portions of the AON when participants view movements they rate as both esthetically pleasing and difficult to reproduce. As such, these findings begin to illuminate how the embodied simulation account of esthetic experience might apply to watching dance, and provide preliminary evidence as to why some people find enjoyment in an evening at the ballet.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 20112011-09-032011-09-21
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00102
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Title: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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Publ. Info: Lausanne, Switzerland : Frontiers Research Foundation
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 5 Sequence Number: 102 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1662-5161
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1662-5161