Watching ballet makes your brain move
Throughout the years, anytime I watched a ballet recital, I actually felt like I was moving with the dancers. I always wondered why or how I had this feeling. Only by chance, I saw an article under the science section of The New York Times about this feeling.
Apparently, researchers did find that ballet lovers who watch ballet performances actually feel like they are dancing. Researchers came to this conclusion by studying the brain activity of spectators who watch performances often.
The spectators showed muscle-specific responses in their brain as if they had been dancing all their lives. Researchers focused most of their time on the specific muscle called extensor carpi radialis. This connects the upper arm to the hand, which is the muscle ballet dancers usually rely on.
Researchers also focused on spectators of another type of dance performances. They focused on an Indian dance form. But when they studied the brain activity of these spectators they didn’t find any muscle response.
Loving ballet myself, I found this article very interesting. I really do feel like I’m also dancing when I watch a ballet performance and now I know why. My brain was “dancing” instead of my feet. Who else is a ballet lover in this class or is it just me? Does anyone feel like they are playing or dancing the sport or performance they watch?