Dancing with Feeling
B. B., Science News
A nearly 2,000-year-old Hindu text on the performing arts has opened a new avenue of research into emotions. The ancient book, known as the Natyasastra, describes nine primary emotions and how to express each of them in Indian classical dance. Until now, researchers studying emotions have mainly had volunteers assess pictures of facial expressions.
Natives of both the United States and India shown videotapes of these dances identified the emotions accurately in two out of three trials, a new study finds. Volunteers recognized displays of anger, disgust, fear, and sadness, which some Western investigators have designated as the basic emotions that occur in all cultures (SN: …
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Publication information: Article title: Dancing with Feeling. Contributors: B. B. - Author. Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 157. Issue: 24 Publication date: June 10, 2000. Page number: 376. © 2009 Science Service, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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