Neuroscience and Gestures

Guerino Mazzola, Maria Mannone, Yan Pang, Margaret O’Brien, Nathan T Torunsky

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When we discuss the human aspects of gestures, we return to the most unique object in nature: the human brain. As with all parts of our experience, the brain is involved with producing gestures. They represent a combination of higher-order thinking and motor function (i.e. movement). While the entire brain can be studied with reference to gestures, there is a particular type of neurons that we will address here. Mirror neurons are neurons that are active both when we perform a behavior and when we see the behavior performed by others. The existence of mirror neurons suggests that gestures represent a fundamental way of learning. We end the chapter with an experiment quantifying the gestures of dancers using motion-sensitive devices to generate music.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are indebted to Dr R. Delon, chairman of the Scientific Commission of the CORESTA for his encouragements and continuous supports, and to all the pathologists who have kindly provided Phytophthora parasitica isolates for this study: A. Csinos, C. Fisher, D. Guest, H. Hara, V. Nikolaeva, M. Nielsen, C. Ortiz-Garcia, M. Palakartcheva, G. Prinsloo, J. L. Renard, C. Robin. They thank Ph. Bonnet, D. Fournier, H. Keller and F. Vanlerberghe for reading and critical review. This research was supported by a grant from Region Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, Springer International Publishing AG.


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