Publication of ‘promising’ Dance Science researchTue 3 November 2020
TL’s Dance Science study indicates dancers’ creativity can be improved through developing mental imagery skills.
Research from a study Trinity Laban conducted with Coventry University and University of Plymouth has been published in Thinking Skills and Creativity.
Across three years, the project brought together dance science, education and creative practice. It involved 200 the assistance of Trinity Laban undergrads, several teaching staff, three fully-funded PhD students and many MSc students.
The ‘Enhancing creativity by training metacognitive skills in mental imagery’ study showed that training improved students’ scores on a flexible thinking test and students’ creativity on an objective choreographic assessment. These findings are promising in terms of the value of mental imagery for improving creativity in dance.
The study also enabled the development of workshops and validation of repeatable measures, positively contributing to the toolkit of future research.