Published On: Wed, Jul 13th, 2016

Why people dance when music plays


Studio shot of Asian woman dancing

The researchers from Norway have projected to look into why people inclined to perceive affinities amid sound and body motion when experiencing music- and approved that it is all origin in human cognition.

Researchers from the University of Oslo discovered the theory at the back of the association amid musical sound and body movement- the supposed ‘motor theory of perception’.

They discovered the association amid musical sound and body movement- and cropped up with findings that illustrated these resemblance associations are intensely rooted in human cognition.

The findings point to a fair quantity of resemblance amid the participants’ signs, mainly amid the perpendicular positioning of their hands and the pitch of the sound, the research study which is presented by the Journal of New Music Research has stated.

To conduct the research study, the participants were played three-second sounds that diverse in pitch and other musical characters and were said to trace the sounds in the air employing motion capture technology.

Professor Rolf Inge Godoy of the University of Oslo has stated that “Music-related motion- both sound producing and sound accompanying- leaves a trace in our minds and could be thought of as a kind of shape representation, one intimately linked to our experience of the salient features of musical sound,”

On the whole, a few sound characteristics for example rhythm and texture appear to be strongly pertaining to movement whereas others, for example, dissonance, have a weaker sound-motion connection.

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Consequently, the researchers aim to concentrate their future work on researching large-scale statistical sound-motion characteristic correlations, giving us with much data on sound-motion same connections in all types of musical experience.

Godoy further continued by saying that “The basic notion here is that images of sound-producing and other sound-related motion are actively re-created in listening and in musical imagery, hence the idea that motor theory could be the basis for the similarities between sound and body movement when we experience music,”

Even though connections amid musical sound and motion can be willingly observed, the researchers state that a much systematic fact of them are needed.

In the way to observe something, one should vigorously imitate the motion connected with the sensory impressions.

As a result, when one listens to music, the person inclines to mentally imitate the body movements that have gone into creating the sound. In consequence, the experience of a sound involves a mental representation of a body motion.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.