Stirling University researchers use dancers to understand brainwaves
Researchers at Stirling University are bringing art and science together.
For the first time neuroscientists are measuring the brainwaves of aerial dancers to better understand how we think act and perceive everyday situations.
The project with the university and the Macroberts Arts Centre saw the researchers attached electrodes to caps of the dancers in Mark Murphy’s V-TOL Out of this World show to measure where and when electrical activity is changing on the surface of the brain.
PhD researcher Simon Ladouce from the University’s Centre for Mobile Cognition “This unique link-up represents a great opportunity to put our methods developed here at Stirling to the challenge, capturing brain activity during highly dynamic behaviours in a real-life environment.
“We want find out more about the brain’s dynamics when dancing.
“Although some dancers make it seem effortless, dancing actually requires the brain to plan a series of complex actions and quickly adapt these based on what their partner, or the tempo of the music, is doing.
“We are particularly interested in the difference between dancing alone and with a partner: how do brain processes differ when dancing in synchrony with someone else?
“By recording brainwaves in the social setting of dance, we can gain a better understanding about how we perceive, think and act in everyday life situations.”