Behavoiurism Applied to Dance Teaching : LUSENET : History & Theory of Psychology : One Thread

I was curious to know if anyone had any expertise or knowledge on how behavoiurism would affect intense physical training like dance, and if anyone could lead me in the direction of case studies in relation to this subject. Thanks very much..

-- Jessalynn Day (, September 15, 2004


You'll want to search PsycInfo with your key phrases: for example, "behavioral theory" and "dance" in the abstract turned up about a dozen entries, of which the following one seemed most relevant. I would suggest exploring this particular journal, and perhaps also the Bulletin of APA division 10, Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Their website is at

Title Dance theory and dance education. Abstract For the most part dances are not directly expressive, but involve controlled behavior patterns modeled on the public dimension of directly expressive activity; i.e., a dancer may mimic fear, grief, or love without feeling those emotions. A cognitively oriented model for dance aesthetics is more satisfactory than the Expression theory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved) Authors Snoeyenbos, Milton H.; Knapp, Carole A. Affiliations Snoeyenbos, Milton H.: Georgia State U, Atlanta Source Journal of Aesthetic Education. 13(3), Jul 1979, 17-30.

-- Hendrika Vande Kemp (, September 15, 2004.

Hi Jessalynn, I think you would find this book interesting for your project: Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Prior. It's a small paper back. It will provide you will all the info you need to put something together. Good Luck, David

-- david clark (, September 20, 2004.

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