Over the past 10 years, the number of art and science collaborations has steadily increased. At the base of cognitive neuroscience research into dance sits the seminal study on the brain activity of dancers during dance observation. Earlier research on dance and cognition already existed at that time. Overall, the functions of mirror neurons have been linked to processes related to sensorimotor learning and interpersonal communication, such as action observation, motor simulation, imitation, action prediction, action understanding, and empathy as well as its dysfunctions. Despite the increasing popularity of dance in scientific research, Dance–cognitive neuroscience (DCN) projects still face numerous challenges. Creative collaborations between dance and science have existed for some time. The term 'experimental choreography' was introduced in order to describe the use of choreography in studying the human brain and behavior. The chapter provides examples of how dance and cognitive neuroscience have been combined thus far.
|Title of host publication||The neurocognition of dance|
|Subtitle of host publication||mind, movement and motor skills|
|Editors||Bettina Bläsing, Martin Puttke, Thomas Schack|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon, Oxon|
|Number of pages||31|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138847859, 9781138847866|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Jul 2018|