Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy

Neuroscience

 

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