Music and Dance as Multisensory Perception

Speaker: Frank Pollick
Date: Thursday 20 February 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Senate House, Senate House, WC1E 7HU
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Room 243

I will present the results of five separate experiments where we have explored brain activity revealed by fMRI while participants watched videos of a dance performance.  These performances varied in dance style (Bharatanatyam, ballet, contemporary), audio content, number of dancers and degree of video editing.   Analysis of the data was obtained using Intersubject correlation (ISC), a technique which indicates the brain areas that have correlated activity among a group of observers and reveals how brain activity is time-locked to sensory stimulation.  A review of these results shows the core areas related to watching dance and how the brain network showing ISC is enhanced and extended when dance is accompanied by sound or video editing.