Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy


Kinesthetic Empathy

Adesola Akinleye. 'Geography of the Body', DanceUK News, Issue 70, Autumn 2008

Beatriz Calvo-Merino, C. Jola and P. Haggard (2008). "Towards a sensorimotor aesthetics of performing art." Consciousness and Cognition. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2007.11.003

Ann Daly, ‘Dance History and Feminist Theory: Reconsidering Isadora Duncan and the Male Gaze’, in Gender and Performance: The Presentation of Difference in the Performing Arts, ed. Laurence Senelick (Tufts University/University Press of New England: Hanover NH 1992).

Susan Foster, ‘Kinesthetic Empathies and the Politics of Compassion’, in Continents in Movement: Proceedings of the International Conference, The Meeting of Cultures in Dance History, ed. Daniel Tércio (Lisbon, FMH Editions, 1998).

Mark Franko, The Work of Dance: Labor, Movement and Identity in the 1930s (Wesleyan University Press: Middletown CT, 2002).

Gazzola, V., Aziz-Zadeh, L. and C. Keysers (2006). “Empathy and the somatotopic auditory mirror system in humans.” Current Biology 16(18): R802-04.

I.G. Hagendoorn, ‘Some Speculative Hypotheses about the Nature and Perception of Dance and Choreography’, Journal of Consciousness Studies(11: 3-4), 2004.

Theodor Lipps, Asthetik: Psychologie des Schönen und der Kunst (Hamburg: Leopold Voss), 2 vols, 1903 and 1906.

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

John Martin, Introduction to the Dance (New York: Dance Horizons, 1939).

Pichon, S., de Gelder, B. and J. Grezes (2007). “Emotional modulation of visual and motor areas by dynamic body expressions of anger”. Social Neurosciences. DOI: 10.1080/17470910701394368.

Dee Reynolds, Rhythmic Subjects: Uses of Energy in the Dances of Mary Wigman, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham (Alton: Dance Books, 2007).

Dee Reynolds, Symbolist Aesthetics and Early Abstract Art: Sites of Imaginary Space (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

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Motor Facilitation

Fadiga, L., Fogassi, L., Pavesi, G. and G. Rizzolatti (1995). "Motor facilitation during action observation: A magnetic stimulation study." Journal of Neurophysiology 73(6): 2608-11.

Strafella, A. P. and T. Paus (2000). “Modulation of cortical excitability during action observation: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study.” Neuroreport 11(10), 2289–2292.


Mirror Neurons

Gallese, V. (2007). “Embodied simulation: from mirror neuron systems to interpersonal relations” Novartis Foundation Symposium 278: 3-12; discussion 12-19.

Rizzolatti, G., Fadiga, L., Gallese, V. And L. Fogassi (1996). "Premotor cortex and the recognition of motor actions." Brain Research: Cognitive Brain Research 3(2): 131-41.

Audiovisual Integration

Saygin, A. P., Driver, J. and V. R. de Sa (2008). "In the footsteps of biological motion and multisensory perception: Judgment of audio-visual temporal relations are enhanced for upright walkers." Psychological Science 19(5): 469-475.

Dance Observation

Brown, S., Martinez, M. J. and L. M. Parsons (2005). "The Neural Basis of Human Dance." Cerebral Cortex 16(8): 1157-67.

Calvo-Merino, Grèzes, J., Glaser, D. E., Passingham R.E. and P. Haggard (2006). "Seeing or Doing? Influence of Visual and Motor Familiarity in Action Observation." Current Biology 16(22): 1905 10.                


Cross, E. S., Hamilton, A. F. and S. T. Grafton (2006). “Building a motor simulation de novo: observation of dance by dancers”. Neuroimage 31(3): 1257-1267.