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Application of alpha/theta neurofeedback and heart rate variability training to young contemporary dancers: State anxiety and creativity

Gruzelier, John; Thompson, T.; Redding, E.; Brandt, R. and Steffert, T.. 2014. Application of alpha/theta neurofeedback and heart rate variability training to young contemporary dancers: State anxiety and creativity. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93(1), pp. 105-111. ISSN 0167-8760 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

As one in a series on the impact of EEG-neurofeedback in the performing arts, we set out to replicate a previous dance study in which alpha/theta (A/T) neurofeedback and heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback enhanced performance in competitive ballroom dancers compared with controls. First year contemporary dance conservatoire students were randomised to the same two psychophysiological interventions or a choreology instruction comparison group or a no-training control group. While there was demonstrable neurofeedback learning, there was no impact of the three interventions on dance performance as assessed by four experts. However, HRV training reduced anxiety and the reduction correlated with improved technique and artistry in performance; the anxiety scale items focussed on autonomic functions, especially cardiovascular activity. In line with the putative impact of hypnogogic training on creativity A/T training increased cognitive creativity with the test of unusual uses, but not insight problems. Methodological and theoretical implications are considered.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2013.05.004

Additional Information:

Grant support from the European PRESENCCIA project (IST-027731) is gratefully acknowledged along with the support of the faculty and students at the Trinity/Laban Music and Dance conservatoire, Thought Technology Ltd and Neurocybernetics for technical support, and Deborah Bowden and Jean-Lon Max Chen for statistical analysis.

Keywords:

Neurofeedback; EEG; Heart rate variability; Dance; Mood; Creativity

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
July 2014Published

Item ID:

11298

Date Deposited:

18 Feb 2015 12:44

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 15:27

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11298

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