David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11 (1):17-37 (2012)
This paper discusses possible correspondences between neuroscientific findings and phenomenologically informed methodologies in the investigation of kinesthetic empathy in watching dance. Interest in phenomenology has recently increased in cognitive science (Gallagher and Zahavi 2008 ) and dance scholars have recently contributed important new insights into the use of phenomenology in dance studies (e.g. Legrand and Ravn (Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 8(3):389–408, 2009 ); Parviainen (Dance Research Journal 34(1):11–26, 2002 ); Rothfield (Topoi 24:43–53, 2005 )). In vision research, coherent neural mechanisms for perceptual phenomena were uncovered, thus supporting correlation of phenomenology and neurophysiology Spillmann (Vision Research 49(12):1507–1521, 2009 ). Correspondingly, correlating subjects’ neurophysiological data with qualitative responses has been proposed as a means to research the human brain in the study of consciousness (Gallagher and Zahavi 2008 ), with similar issues in clinical psychology Mishara (Current Opinion in Psychiatry 20(6):559–569, 2007 ) and biology Kosslyn et al. (American Psychologist 57:341–351, 2002 ). Yet the relationship between neuroscience and qualitative research informed by phenomenology remains problematic. How qualitative research normally handles subjective experiences is difficult to reconcile with standard statistical analysis of objective data. Recent technological developments in cognitive neuroscience have inspired a number of researchers to use more naturalistic stimuli, outside the laboratory environment, such as dance, thereby perhaps helping to open up the cognitive sciences to more phenomenologically informed approaches. A question central to our research, addressed here, is how the phenomenal experiences of a dance audience member, as accessed by qualitative research methods, can be related to underlying neurophysiological events. We outline below some methodological challenges encountered in relating audiences’ first-person accounts of watching live dance performance to neurophysiological evidence of their experiences
|Keywords||Dance audience Kinesthetic empathy Phenomenological experience Cognitive neuroscience Qualitative audience research|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Gilbert Ryle (1949). The Concept of Mind. Hutchinson and Co.
Shaun Gallagher & Dan Zahavi (2007). The Phenomenological Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science. Routledge.
Daniel J. Simons & Christopher Chabris (1999). Gorillas in Our Midst: Sustained Inattentional Blindness for Dynamic Events. Perception 28 (9):1059-1074.
Anne Treisman (1980). A Feature Integration Theory of Attention. Cognitive Psychology 12:97-136.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Emily Cross & Luca Ticini (2012). Neuroaesthetics and Beyond: New Horizons in Applying the Science of the Brain to the Art of Dance. [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11 (1):5-16.
Barbara Montero (2012). Practice Makes Perfect: The Effect of Dance Training on the Aesthetic Judge. [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11 (1):59-68.
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone (2012). From Movement to Dance. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11 (1):39-57.
J. Alexander Dale, Janyce Hyatt & Jeff Hollerman (2007). The Neuroscience of Dance and the Dance of Neuroscience: Defining a Path of Inquiry. Journal of Aesthetic Education 41 (3):89-110.
Ivar Hagendoorn (2012). Inscribing the Body, Exscribing Space. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11 (1):69-78.
Philipa Rothfield (2005). Differentiating Phenomenology and Dance. Topoi 24 (1):43-53.
John Sutton (2005). Moving and Thinking Together in Dance. In Robin Grove, Kate Stevens & Shirley McKechnie (eds.), Thinking in Four Dimensions: creativity and cognition in contemporary dance. Melbourne UP 51-56.
Betty Block & Judith Lee Kissell (2001). The Dance: Essence of Embodiment. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 22 (1):5-15.
N. S. Thompson & Jaan Valsiner (2002). Doesn't a Dance Require Dancers? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (5):641-642.
Jonathan Owen Clark (2012). Dance and Subtraction: Notes on Alain Badiou's Inaesthetics. Dance Research Journal 42 (03):50-64.
Alwin Nikolais (2005). The Nikolais/Louis Dance Technique: A Philosophy and Method of Modern Dance. Routledge.
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone (1980). The Phenomenology of Dance. Books for Libraries.
Bill Martin (2010). A New Chapter in the Politics of Irony: Cynthia Willett's Irony in the Age of Empire. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24 (1):78-84.
Werner Ceusters & Barry Smith (2011). Switching Partners: Dancing with the Ontological Engineers. In Thomas Batcherer & Roderick Coover (eds.), Switching Codes. Thinking through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts. University of Chicago Press 103--124.
Added to index2010-12-28
Total downloads221 ( #12,227 of 1,907,232 )
Recent downloads (6 months)47 ( #13,868 of 1,907,232 )
How can I increase my downloads?