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The Warburg Dance Movement Library-The WADAMO Library: A Validation Study

Christensen, J. F., Lambrechts, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0497-1475 and Tsakiris, M. (2019). The Warburg Dance Movement Library-The WADAMO Library: A Validation Study. Perception, 48(1), pp. 26-57. doi: 10.1177/0301006618816631

Abstract

The Warburg Dance Movement Library is a validated set of 234 video clips of dance movements for empirical research in the fields of cognitive science and neuroscience of action perception, affect perception and neuroaesthetics. The library contains two categories of video clips of dance movement sequences. Of each pair, one version of the movement sequence is emotionally expressive (Clip a), while the other version of the same sequence (Clip b) is not expressive but as technically correct as the expressive version (Clip a). We sought to complement previous dance video stimuli libraries. Facial information, colour and music have been removed, and each clip has been faded in and out. We equalised stimulus length (6 seconds, 8 counts in dance theory), the dancers’ clothing and video background and included both male and female dancers, and we controlled for technical correctness of movement execution. The Warburg Dance Movement Library contains both contemporary and ballet movements. Two online surveys (N = 160) confirmed the classification into the two categories of expressivity. Four additional online surveys (N = 80) provided beauty and liking ratings for each clip. A correlation matrix illustrates all variables of this norming study (technical correctness, expressivity, beauty, liking, luminance, motion energy).

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Christensen, J. F., Lambrechts, A. and Tsakiris, M. (2019). The Warburg Dance Movement Library-The WADAMO Library: A Validation Study. Perception, 48(1), pp. 26-57. Copyright © 2019, the authors. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0301006618816631. Re-use is restricted to non-commercial and no derivatives.
Publisher Keywords: emotion, dance, authenticity, expression, action perception, movement, affect
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/23273
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