Music & Dance

Music & Dance

The lab’s music and dance research covers two main areas. Using eye-movement analysis, the first concerns the observation of dance, particularly in relation to human entrainment and synchronization. This research seeks to understand the evolutionary-adaptive functions of music and dance. The second area investigates the possible benefits of dance for the rehabilitation of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This research is conducted in collaboration with Hamilton City Ballet, which runs classes specifically for PD patients. Click here to learn about our PD and dance project, and here for an overview of the lab’s research.

Representative Publications*

Tang Poy, C. & Woolhouse, M. H. (2020). The attraction of synchrony: A hip-hop dance study. Frontiers in Psychology. 11: 2991. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.588935. [LINK]

Ponmanadiyil, R., & Woolhouse, M. H. (2018). Eye movements, attention, and expert knowledge in the observation of Bharatanatyam dance. Journal of Eye Movement Research11(2):11, 1-12. [LINK]

Bansal, J., Chhin, A., Zaranek, A., Balas, M., Noseworthy, M., Paulseth, J., Woolhouse, M.H. (2018). Neurophysiological effects of dance technologies on the development of Parkinson’s Disease. In Parncutt, R., & Sattmann, S. (Eds.) Proceedings of ICMPC15/ESCOM10, 67-70. Graz, Austria: Centre for Systematic Musicology, University of Graz. [LINK]

Swarbrick, D., Bosnyak, D., Livingstone, S. R., Bansal, J., Marsh-Rollo, S., Woolhouse, M. H., & Trainor, L. J. (2018). How live music moves us: Head movement differences in audiences to live versus recorded music. Frontiers in Psychology. 9:2682. [LINK]

Woolhouse, M. H., Tidhar, D. & Cross, I. (2016). Effects on inter-personal memory of dancing in time with others. Frontiers in Psychology. 7/167: 1-8. [LINK]

Woolhouse, M. H., & Zaranek, A. (2016). Intuitive navigation in computer applications for people with Parkinson’s. Journal of Biomusical Engineering. 4/1: 115-123. DOI:10.4172/2090-2719.1000115. [LINK]

Woolhouse, M. H., Williams, S.Zheng, S. & General, A. (2015). Creating technology-based dance activities for people with Parkinson’s. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society. 5/4: 107-121. [LINK]

Woolhouse, M. H. & Lai, R. (2014). Traces across the body: Influence of music-dance synchrony on the observation of dance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8/965: 1-14. [LINK]

*Underlining indicates lab students