The Neurocognition of Dance: Mind, Movement and Motor Skills

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Bettina Bläsing, Martin Puttke, Thomas Schack
Psychology Press, 2 iul. 2010 - 264 pagini

Dance has always been an important aspect of all human cultures, and the study of human movement and action has become a topic of increasing relevance over the last decade, bringing dance into the focus of the cognitive sciences. This book discusses the wide range of interrelations between body postures and body movements as conceptualised in dance with perception, mental processing and action planning.

The volume brings together cognitive scientists, psychologists, neuroscientists, choreographers, and ballet teachers, to discuss important issues regarding dance and cognition. First, scientists introduce ideas that offer different perspectives on human movement and therefore can be applied to dance. Secondly, professionals from the world of dance have their say, reporting on how their creative and pedagogical work relates to cognition and learning. Finally, researchers with personal links to the dance world demonstrate how neurocognitive methods are applied to studying different aspects related to dance.

This book is suitable for students and professionals from the fields of psychology, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, sport psychology and sport science, movement science, motor control, motor development, kinesiology, dance, choreography, dance education and dance therapy; to teachers who want to teach dance to students of any age.


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Bettina Bläsing is a research scientist at the Department of Psychology and Sports Science at Bielefeld University, and responsible investigator at the Centre of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (CITEC). Her main research interests are the control and learning of complex movements, mental representations of the body, movement actions and skills and neurocognitive aspects and expertise in dance.

Martin Puttke was formerly a dancer, ballet director and principal and artistic director at the State Opera Ballet Company Berlin. He was Director of the State Ballet School Berlin for 15 years and Director of aalto ballet theater essen for the past 13 years. He is a renowned ballet pedagogue and ballet master.

Thomas Schack is Professor at the Department of Psychology and Sports Science at Bielefeld University and principle investigator at the Center of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (CITEC). His main research interests concern mental movement representation, mental training and the neurophysiological basis of complex movement.

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