Dr. Guido Orgs

Research Focus

  • Empirical aesthetics and neuroaesthetics of dance and movement

  • Liveness

  • Social influences on aesthetic perception

  • Dance expertise

  • Dance Movement Therapy




Twitter @guidorgs




PhD in Psychology on “Non-verbal processing of meaning”, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf


PhD in Psychology on “Non-verbal processing of meaning”, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf


BSc/MSc in Psychology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf


Since 2019

Reader/Associate Professor in Psychologie, Goldsmiths, University of London

Since 2018Co-Direktor MSc in Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics & Creativity, Goldsmiths, University of London
2015–2019Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Psychologie, Goldsmiths, University of London

Lecturer in Psychologie, Brunel University London


Research Associate (Postdoc) at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Action & Body Group

2007– 2011

Dance artist with dance company Neuer Tanz/VA Wölfl, Düsseldorf


Selected Publications

Millman, L. M., Richardson, D. C., & Orgs, G. (2022). Continuous and collective measures of real-time audience engagement. Routledge Companion to Audiences and the Performing Arts, 293-307.

Cracco, E., Lee, H., van Belle, G., Quenon, L., Haggard, P., Rossion, B., & Orgs, G. (2021). EEG frequency tagging reveals the integration of form and motion cues into the perception of group movement. Cerebral Cortex, bhab385.

Orlandi, A., Cross, E. S., & Orgs, G. (2020). Timing is everything: Dance aesthetics depend on the complexity of movement kinematics. Cognition, 205, 104446.

Rose, D., Müllensiefen, D., Lovatt, P., & Orgs, G. (2020). The Goldsmiths Dance Sophistication Index (Gold-DSI): A psychometric tool to assess individual differences in dance experience. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Vicary, S., Sperling, M., Von Zimmermann, J., Richardson, D. C., & Orgs, G. (2017). Joint action aesthetics. Plos One, 12(7), e0180101.

Orgs, G., Bestmann, S., Schuur, F., & Haggard, P. (2011). From body form to biological motion: the apparent velocity of human movement biases subjective time. Psychological Science, 22(6), 712-717.

Orgs, G., Dombrowski, J. H., Heil, M., & Jansen‐Osmann, P. (2008). Expertise in dance modulates alpha/beta event‐related desynchronization during action observation. European Journal of Neuroscience, 27(12), 3380-3384.



Research Projects & Fundings

Research Projects & Fundings

2020–2025The Neurocognition of Liveness - NEUROLIVE - ERC Consolidator Grant

Synchronous movement, cooperation and the performing arts - ESRC Transformative Research Grant


Neuropsychology of choreographic patterns in aesthetic perception of dance - Leverhulme Trust Research Grant


Visual perception of apparent human movement - DAAD Postdocstipendium



  • Neurolive

    Liveness is not only important in the performing arts but also in many other aspects of daily life, such as political rallies, sporting events, virtual reality and distance learning. ...