The Dance Psychology Lab carries out research in a number of broad areas as it relates to the psychology of dance and dancers.
We are interested in the role played by recreational dance in improving health and well-being in different populations.
For example, in people with Parkinson’s disease, people who lead a sedentary lifestyle and in people at risk of cardio-vascular disease.
We are interested in the link between dance and problem solving. We have observed that dancing in different ways either facilitates or inhibits certain types of problem solving, which may have an impact on the way people learn a wide range of material.
We are interested in the link between people’s hormonal and genetic make up and they way they move in social situations. Dance is thought to play a role in the mate-selection process and we are keen to understand this from a scientific perspective.
We have collected a large amount of data on self-esteem and dance confidence. We are interested to understand how the self-esteem of vocational dancers differs to that of non-dancers and how dance-related self-esteem, or dance confidence, changes across the lifespan.
We are interested in exploring the different ways dance can help people with Parkinson’s disease. We have conducted a number of studies exploring the effect of dance on physical and psychological outcomes in this population. We are currently planning the next phase of our research in this expanding area.