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Do Humans Have Mating Dances?

Dance is often associated with romance, but can it actually make us feel closer? And why do we even dance in the first place?

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Why do we like to dance–And move to the beat?

“Scientists aren’t sure why we like movement so much, but there’s certainly a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest we get a pretty big kick out of it. Maybe synchronizing music, which many studies have shown is pleasing to both the ear and brain, and movement-in essence, dance-may constitute a pleasure double play.”

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

“So why does this thingless ‘thing’ – at its core, a mere sequence of sounds – hold such potentially enormous intrinsic value? The quick and easy explanation is that music brings a unique pleasure to humans. Of course, that still leaves the question of why.”

Rhythm without the blues: how dance crazes make us feel a step closer

“To investigate the effects of dance routines, Bronwyn Tarr, a dancer and experimental psychologist at Oxford University, studied 264 Brazilian boys and girls who were taught to dance in small groups. In circles of three, the teenagers, whose average age was 15, were asked to follow either the same dance routine or to follow their own individual sequence of moves written down on a card.”


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