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Joseph P. Huston, Marcos Nadal, Francisco Mora, Luigi F. Agnati, and Camilo José Cela Conde

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.001.0001

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Sensorimotor aesthetics: Neural correlates of aesthetic perception of dance

Sensorimotor aesthetics: Neural correlates of aesthetic perception of dance

(p.209) Chapter 11 Sensorimotor aesthetics: Neural correlates of aesthetic perception of dance
Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain

Beatriz Calvo-Merino

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the reasons why dance should be given a special treatment when under investigation in the recent topic of neuroaesthetics. The main components that participate in providing a dance experience are discussed and their associated neural correlates are described. The extraordinary relationship between the observers’ body, the dancers’ body and the movement is interpreted in a sensorimotor framework. Finally, a description of a series of studies investigating the neural correlates of implicit and explicit aesthetic perception of dance, using functional magnetic resonance and transcranial magnetic stimulation, are presented to illustrate the present state of neuroaesthetics of dance. Suggestions for further studies are discussed in the light of the current results.

Keywords:   neuroaesthetics, aesthetics, dance, performance, sensorimotor, mirror neuron, embodiment, body processing, action observation

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