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Dr Peter Lovatt: ‘Dancing can change the way you think’

Dr Peter Lovatt was featured in the Observer this week claiming that dancing can change the way we think.

At the moment, Dr Lovatt is studying the effects of dance on people with Parkinson’s disease and has had some very positive results which will appear on this blog soon.

Now, he also claims that dance contributes to changing thinking patterns. He said:

“We’ve had people in the lab dancing and then doing problem-solving – and different sorts of dancing help them with different sorts of problem- solving. We know that when people engage in improvised kinds of dance it helps them with divergent thinking – where there’s multiple answers to a problem. Whereas when they engage in very structured dance it helps their convergent thinking – trying to find the single answer to a problem.”

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