Take the “N” Train: Dance, Entrainment and Prosocial Behaviour

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Funder's project number: 332331

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  • 480 000,00

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Project start date: 01/09/2020

Project end date: 31/08/2024


Nearly all people across all known cultures engage in rhythmic entrainment with others through dance, and have done so since prehistoric times. Despite this, our understanding of the functions of dance remain surprisingly limited; some have suggested that dance promotes prosocial behavior and group bonding, but research on this has given inconsistent results. The current project aims to develop new knowledge about this topic by addressing previously unexplored aspects of dance in social contexts. The project will be the first to use motion capture measure the full-body, complex movement and hierarchical entrainment of multiple dancers in relation to prosocial effects of social entrainment through dance, and will furthermore account for the role of visual, auditory, motoric and vestibular information in determining human experiences and outcomes of dance. By combining cutting-edge kinematic analysis techniques with grounding in perceptual data and both objective and subjective measures of prosocial outcomes, this project will seek to elucidate previously unknown aspects of dance, providing new insights into human social functioning, the enigmatic evolutionary origins of dance and music, and the role of rhythmic entrainment in everyday human interactions.

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