Watching dance makes your muscles think they’re grooving

In a study published in the open access journal PLoS ONE, researchers found that watching live performances of dance resulted in muscle-specific motor responses in viewers, even when those viewers had no formal training in these movements. Study participants were either frequent dance spectators of ballet, Indian dance, or ‘‘novices’’ who never watched dance.


 The so-called “empathic” ability of participants was also tested.


 By Joan Raymond