Towards a neurocognitive approach to Dance Movement Therapy for mental health: A systematic review

Millman, L.S.M.; Terhune, Devin Blair; Hunter, Elaine and Orgs, Guido. 2020. Towards a neurocognitive approach to Dance Movement Therapy for mental health: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, ISSN 1063-3995 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) has become an increasingly recognized and used treatment, though primarily used to target psychological and physical wellbeing in individuals with physical, medical, or neurological illnesses. To contribute to the relative lack of literature within the field of DMT for clinical mental health disorders, using a narrative synthesis, we review the scope of recent, controlled studies of DMT in samples with different psychiatric disorders including depression, schizophrenia, autism, and somatoform disorder. A systematic search of electronic databases (PubMed, Science Direct, World of Science, and Clinicaltrials.gov) was conducted to identify studies examining the effects of DMT in psychiatric populations. 15 studies were eligible for inclusion. After reviewing the principal results of the studies, we highlight strengths and weaknesses of this treatment approach and examine the potential efficacy of using bodily movements as a tool to reduce symptoms. We conclude by placing DMT within the context of contemporary cognitive neuroscience research, drawing out implications of such an orientation for future research, and discussing potential mechanisms by which DMT might reduce psychiatric symptoms. DMT has clear potential as a treatment for a range of conditions and symptoms and thus further research on its utility is warranted.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2490

Additional Information:

This research is supported by a Departmental PhD Bursary held by L.S. Merritt Millman within the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. The Department of Psychology had no role in the study design, collection, analysis or interpretation of the data, writing the manuscript, or the decision to submit the paper for publication.

"This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Towards a neurocognitive approach to Dance Movement Therapy for mental health: A systematic review, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2490. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions."

Keywords:

dance movement therapy, clinical mental health, psychiatric, neurocognitive, interoception, embodiment

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
11 June 2020Accepted
15 June 2020Published Online

Item ID:

28804

Date Deposited:

17 Jun 2020 09:34

Last Modified:

21 Sep 2020 22:34

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/28804

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