From the NY Science Times:
“Ballet lovers may “truly feel that they are dancing” when they watch a performance, researchers have found after measuring the brain activity of experienced spectators.”
“In findings published in the current issue of the journal PLoS One, the scientists report that the spectators showed muscle-specific responses in their brain as if they were expert dancers — even though “they were clearly not capable of doing the actual movements,” in the words of one author, Corinne Jola, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Surrey in England.”
My theory of behavior is that the animal mind involuntarily projects its sense of its physical center-of-gravity into complex objects of attraction, and through a Pavlovian phase of imprinting acquired during the earliest part of life, thereby feels what complex objects of attraction are feeling, a phenomenon that is especially pronounced in regards to whole body movements. I maintain that this will prove to be the only interpretation of behavior that can accommodate the first principles of nature and encompasses Dr. Wolpert’s research, which demonstrates that the brain evolved in service to motion.
Interestingly, the article goes on to note that this same “emotional transference” (my interpretation of the phenomenon) was not detected in spectators of a classical form of Indian dance which relies more on intricate hand gestures and the context of story narrative to engage the audience. This indicates to me that this form of dance is more a cerebral experience than a visceral one.