Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy



TMS coilNeuroscience is the study of the nervous system, which includes the brain, the spinal cord and networks of sensory nerve cells (neurons) throughout the body. It is a rapidly developing field that aims to advance the understanding of human thought, emotion, and behaviour using a range of techniques and disciplines. Within this project we employ two of the most up-to date techniques for neural analysis, TMS and fMRI, to study how the brain is stimulated by the experience of watching dance in a varied range of subjects.

What is TMS?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive technique used to stimulate a restricted part of the cortex and has proven a useful tool in helping us understand the functioning of the normal and pathological human brain... read more

brain layers imageWhat is FMRI?

Functional MRI is a recently developed state-of-the-art brain imaging technique that measures local magnetic changes caused by neuronal activity.It produces images of the brain that have an exceptionally high spatial resolution of within a few millimetres... read more


Nick Davey pioneered the use of TMS in relation to dance when he took part in a project with the French choreographer and dancer, Kitsou Dubois, to investigate the control of movement in weightlessness. His work in the field of climical neuroscience was a catalyst for this project. Read more about Nick Davey and his work here