A1 Journal article (refereed)
Kinematics of perceived dyadic coordination in dance (2019)

Hartmann, M., Mavrolampados, A., Allingham, E., Carlson, E., Burger, B., & Toiviainen, P. (2019). Kinematics of perceived dyadic coordination in dance. Scientific Reports, 9, Article 15594. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-52097-6

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All authors or editors: Hartmann, Martin; Mavrolampados, Anastasios; Allingham, Emma; Carlson, Emily; Burger, Birgitta; Toiviainen, Petri

Journal or series: Scientific Reports

eISSN: 2045-2322

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 9

Article number: 15594

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-52097-6

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66259

Additional information: The authors are fully commited to make materials (e.g, stick fgure animations), data (e.g., extracted movement features) and associated protocols (e.g., perceptual study interface for data collection, code used for feature extraction and data analysis) promptly available to readers without undue qualifcations.


We investigated the relationships between perceptions of similarity and interaction in spontaneously dancing dyads, and movement features extracted using novel computational methods. We hypothesized that dancers’ movements would be perceived as more similar when they exhibited spatially and temporally comparable movement patterns, and as more interactive when they spatially oriented more towards each other. Pairs of dancers were asked to move freely to two musical excerpts while their movements were recorded using optical motion capture. Subsequently, in two separate perceptual experiments we presented stick figure animations of the dyads to observers, who rated degree of interaction and similarity between dancers. Mean perceptual ratings were compared with three different approaches for quantifying coordination: torso orientation, temporal coupling, and spatial coupling. Correlations and partial correlations across dyads were computed between each estimate and the perceptual measures. A systematic exploration showed that torso orientation (dancers facing more towards each other) is a strong predictor of perceived interaction even after controlling for other features, whereas temporal and spatial coupling (dancers moving similarly in space and in time) are better predictors for perceived similarity. Further, our results suggest that similarity is a necessary but not sufficient condition for interaction.

Keywords: dance (performing arts); movements; body control; coordination (motor functions); interaction; kinematics

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Reporting Year: 2019

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