What Moves Us: Dance and Neuroscience Implications for Conflict Approaches

Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 133–158, Winter 2013

Posted: 9 Feb 2014

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Emily Beausoleil

Trent University

Michelle LeBaron

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 15, 2014

Abstract

Despite its worldwide use in grassroots conflict approaches, dance, and the body more generally, remain largely unaddressed within conflict theory and conventional practice. We argue that the body is an essential focus of conflict theory and a ready resource for conflict practice by exploring the implications of compelling discoveries within the field of neuroscience. Examining the embodied dimensions of cognition, emotion, and memory, the physical roots of empathy, and the relationship of right- and left-brain processes to conflict, we outline neuroscientific underpinnings of dance-based approaches to conflict and the range of creative tools that arises from its use.

Suggested Citation

Beausoleil, Emily and LeBaron, Michelle, What Moves Us: Dance and Neuroscience Implications for Conflict Approaches (January 15, 2014). Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 133–158, Winter 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2392379

Michelle LeBaron

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law ( email )

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