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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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Moving towards ecological validity in empirical aesthetics of dance

Moving towards ecological validity in empirical aesthetics of dance

(p.223) Chapter 12 Moving towards ecological validity in empirical aesthetics of dance
Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain

Julia F. Christensen

Corinne Jola

Oxford University Press

Models of aesthetic appreciation specific to the response of watching a dance are still to be postulated. This chapter proposes a model similar to aesthetic appreciation of visual art to outline the processes implied in the unfolding aesthetic experience of watching dance. Dance is considered as it has been employed in studies so far. Current developments in the use of more ecologically valid stimuli in cognitive neuroscience are considered. A number of recent studies have illustrated that correlations between brain activity and aesthetic ratings of dance-type stimuli presented in laboratory experiments did not necessarily relate to the actual cognitive and affective processes of the aesthetic experience. The co-presence of performer and spectator, the quality of performance, and the visual representation of stimuli are hugely relevant when studying aesthetic experiences. Suitable actions that could help to enhance ecological validity in empirical aesthetics of dance in future experimental work are posited.

Keywords:   dance, aesthetic experience, cognition, emotion, presence, multisensory, duration

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