Validating a dance specific screening test for balance
Observers picked up emotion even without facial expressions.Raters with no dance experience watched videos of a dancer performing movement with seven different motives and six emotions, but with a neutral face.The psychology of dance is the set of mental states associated with dancing and watching others dance.The term names the interdisciplinary academic field that studies those who do.Four-, five-, and eight-year-old children and adults watched videos of movement expressing joy, anger, fear and sadness and indicated which emotions they perceived in each video.All age groups achieved recognition scores above chance level.
Individuals participating in dance therapy identify feelings similar to those observing the activity.
Raters employed a list of motive terms including happy, lonely, sharp, natural, solemn, dynamic and flowing.
They assessed emotional intensity on a scale of one to four concerning happiness, surprise, loneliness, fear, anger and disgust.
Areas of research include interventions to increase health for older adults, programs for stimulating children’s creativity, dance movement therapy, mate selection and emotional responses.
Continuous response data provide choreographers information about audiences' perception of their dance material.