Dance across cultures: Joint action aesthetics in Japan and the UK

Monroy-Agamez, Ernesto; Imada, Toshie; Sagiv, Noam and Orgs, Guido. 2020. Dance across cultures: Joint action aesthetics in Japan and the UK. [Dataset] (Submitted)

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Western and East Asian cultures show marked differences in aesthetic appreciation of the visual arts. East Asian aesthetics are often associated with a holistic focus on balance and harmony, in contrast to Western aesthetics, which often focus on the expression of the individual. In this study, we examined whether cultural differences also exist in the performing arts: the aesthetics of movement synchrony in dance. Japanese and British participants completed an online survey in which they evaluated synchronous and asynchronous dance video clips on eight semantic differential scales. Supporting our main hypothesis, we found a significant interaction effect regarding aesthetic preference for synchronous and asynchronous dance in British and Japanese participants. British participants preferred asynchronous dance. In turn, Japanese participants showed an expected pattern of preference for synchrony, but without achieving statistical significance. Our findings suggest that cultural differences in aesthetic perception extend to the performing arts and group dancing.

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This study was supported by an ESRC transformative research grant (ES/M000680/2) on “Synchronous movement, cooperation, and the Performing Arts” awarded to Guido Orgs.


aesthetic perception, dance, cross-cultural psychology, Japan, United Kingdom

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1 October 2020

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07 Jan 2020 16:03

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31 Aug 2020 14:07


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