Dance experience sculpts aesthetic perception and related brain circuits.
Bottom Line: This study directly compared how learning to embody an action impacts the neural response when watching and aesthetically evaluating the same action.Results suggest that after experience, participants most enjoy watching those dance sequences they danced or observed.Moreover, brain regions involved in mediating the aesthetic response shift from subcortical regions associated with dopaminergic reward processing to posterior temporal regions involved in processing multisensory integration, emotion, and biological motion.
Affiliation: Wales Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology, Bangor University, Bangor, North Wales, United Kingdom.Show MeSH
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Mentions: The first group-level analysis evaluated brain regions that were more active when observing a dancer's body in motion versus standing still on day 1. Such a contrast enables the localization of brain regions responsive to dance per se and not extraneous features that are not of interest for this study (e.g., dancers’ identity, background). Regions that emerged from this contrast, illustrated in Figure2A, created a task-specific mask for all subsequent analyses reported in this paper, at the P < 0.01, k = 10 voxel level.
Affiliation: Wales Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology, Bangor University, Bangor, North Wales, United Kingdom.