NSF-funded workshop explored neural and social bases of creative movement

May 2, 2022

This multi-day workshop brought together scientists, engineers, clinicians and others to explore the science of movement, how the creative process is manifested in the brain and how it can be harnessed to enhance health and well-being. The workshop, which was supported in part by the National Science Foundation’s Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence program, included experts from a wide array of disciplines, engaging in a range of topics including:

  • Intersections of AI, robotics, technology and movement.
  • Impacts of creative movement on health and well-being.
  • Cognitive neuroscience of movement, embodied cognition and learning.
  • Anthropological and evolutionary biology of creative movement.
  • Shared experiences of creative movement in improvisation, synchronicity and creative child education.

“This workshop provided an exciting opportunity for researchers who study human movement from different disciplinary perspectives to share knowledge and exchange ideas with creative movement professionals to deepen our understanding of how we learn to move—including how our brains accomplish and are affected by creative movement,” says NSF Program Director Soo-Siang Lim. Visit the workshop website for more information and post-workshop materials.

In addition to NSF’s Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence program, the workshop was supported in part by the Perception, Action, and Cognition program and the Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus program.

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