The Dancing Brain
Like many who attend a dance performance, Hagendoorn left the theater thrilled by what he had seen. The difference was that he became obsessed with a question: What was it about these swaying, soaring, twirling bodies that so stirred the mind of the viewer? When his own discipline, philosophy, yielded little insight, he turned to brain science. A decade of scholarly research later, he has some hypotheses—and is putting them to the test with the Frankfurt Ballet.