Constantina is co-leading with Dr. Sadye Paez (Rockefeller University) a project on the Neurobiology of Dance, which was developed through their partnership with the New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts. In this project, they investigate several hypotheses that have been posed on the evolution of dance, with a special interest in the evolutionary overlap of the species that can both speak/sing and dance (i.e., spontaneously entrain to rhythm), such as humans and parrots. This project will also include examining in humans the brain regions that are activated during dancing and dance-learning. Constantina believes that these experiments will have a range of clinical and research applications and create a better shared understanding of whether and how the neural substrates of vocal learning and dance intersect.

Read the press release here

See a cockatoo (Snowball) dance here!

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