Can you dance your emotion? Yes, you can!
Dance Your Emotion is an international team of researchers from various disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, dance, filmmaking, computer science and anthropology.
We’re researching dance from an empirical aesthetics point of view. Our research is about why we like the dances of the world, and how and why both watching and doing dance can make us feel good, but also… ugly, bad, beautiful, moved, impressed, happy, sad, angry, fearful, peaceful, strong, weak, protected, comforted, and sometimes… filled with awe.
“Dance moves… in many ways”
Please see our team members and collaborators below. Behind the scenes there is, of course, a whole wonderful network of helpers and colleagues without whom such very international and interdisciplinary work would be entirely impossible. For example, from the admin department, graphics and PR teams, laboratory team, art lab team, and the facilities team to whom we are profoundly grateful for all their help and support.
Current Research & Studies
News & Events
Welcome to two new student assistants, Eva-Madelaine Schmidt and Daniela Egersdörfer
Review paper published in Frontiers in Psychology about how to research dance with empirical methods
Article published in AEON about the arts and the authenticity of the self
Article published in Acta Psychologica about psychophysiological responses to emotionally expressive dance movements
Article published in dance Magazine TANZEN about dance, touch and corona (in German, p. 30)
Book chapter published in the Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination about types of imagination that help dance training
Opinion article published in Leonardo about the importance of the arts for the stability of human societies
Studies launched – halted
Interdisciplinary lectures on empirical aesthetics of dance
Dance / Research (Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics)
Stimuli library creation: The Max Planck Dance Movement Library
Library creation Max Planck Institute
Public engagement event: British Science Festival, GB: Talk, workshop, and drop-inactivity
Seven ways dancing can improve your life
Visual Science and Arts Conference, Leuven, Belgium
Poster presentation & Press release
Public engagment event: Tate Modern Museum, London – drop-in activity
Tate Exchange Moving Humans
Dance Your Emotion
Tagung Experimentell Arbeitender Psycholog(inn)en (TEAP 2019)
Meet our core team, the experimental psychologist and ex-dancer Julia F Christensen, the dancer and choreographer Shahrzad Khorsandi, and the 3Fish science film team, Fahima Farahi and Sina HN Yazdi who are both full-stack filmmakers.
Dr Julia F Christensen
Experimental psychologist, and former dancer.
Author of ‘Dance is the Best Medicine’.
Dancer and Choreographer. Head of Shahrzad Dance Company.
Author of ‘The Art of Persian Dance’.
Full-stack documentary filmmaker and co-founder of 3fish.
MA in English Literature and MBA.
If you participate in our experiments, you will meet in the labs:
“Dance connects… everything.”
Dance Your Emotion Team
Director Department of Language and Literature MPIEA
Professor of Computer science at Goethe University. Dance enthusiast
Neuroscientist at neuroscience department MPIEA
Psychologist at department of language and literature MPIEA
Engineer, computer scientist at methods & labs MPIEA
Rebecca A. Smith
PhD student at University of Glasgow, UK
Research Assistant at University of Surrey, UK
Professor at University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
University of Teheran, Iran. Clinical psychologist. Cognitive rehabilitation therapist
Professor in psychology at Sahid Beheshti University, Teheran, Iran
Engineer, neuroscientist at neuroscience department MPIEA
Professor at University of Leon, Spain. Anthropologist, economist
Susana Bravo Serra
Full-stack documentary filmmaker. Bravo Films Mallorca, Spain
Press & Recent Publications
Golbabaei, S., Christensen, J. F., Vessel, E. A., Kazemian, N., & Borhani, K. (2022).
The Aesthetic Responsiveness Assessment (AReA) in Farsi language: A scale validation and cultural adaptation study.
Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/aca0000532.
Sojoudi, S., Jahanitabesh, A., Hatami, J., & Christensen, J. F. (2022). Forty-Eight
Classical Moral Dilemmas in Persian Language: A Validation and Cultural Adaptation Study. Journal
of Cognition and Culture,22(3-4), 352-382. doi:10.1163/15685373-12340139.
Christensen, J. F., Farahi, F., Vartanian, M., & Yazdi, S. (2022). Choice Hygiene
for “Consumer Neuroscientists”? Ethical Considerations and Proposals for Future Endeavours. Frontiers
in Neuroscience,15: 612639. doi:10.3389/fnins.2021.612639.
Christensen, J. F., Vartanian, M., Sancho-Escanero, L., Khorsandi, S., Yazdi, S. H. N., Farahi, F., Borhani, K., & Gomila,
A. (2021). A practice-inspired mindset for researching the psychophysiological and
medical health effects of recreational dance (dance sport). Frontiers in Psychology,11: 588948. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.588948.
Christensen, J. F., Azevedo, R. T., & Tsakiris, M. (2021). Emotion matters: Different
psychophysiological responses to expressive and non-expressive full-body movements. Acta Psychologica,212: 103215. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103215.
Christensen, J. F., & Borhani, K. (2020). Dance and the Imagination: Be a Butterfly!
In A. Abraham (
Christensen, J. F. (2020). Lebenselixier Tanz. Spektrum der
Wissenschaft - Gehirn und Geist Psychologie, Hirnforschung, Medizin, (4), 12-21. Retrieved from www.spektrum.de/artikel/1704918.
Dr. Julia F. Christensen
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