The tango requires great self-control, encouraging social
ties and a sense of competence in practice. "The tango can teach us much about ourselves and our relation to the other.
This is the metaphor of human relationships, "says France Joyal, organizer of an international symposium on health
and the tango in Canada.
Thoughts? The body takes them literally. Researchers at the University of Aberdeen
found that when people were asked to engage in a bit of mental time travel, and to recall past events or imagine future
ones, participants’ bodies subliminally acted out the metaphors embedded in how we commonly conceptualized the flow
of time. As they thought about years gone by, participants leaned slightly backward More ...
Primal, Acute and Easily Duped: Our Sense of Touch.
Biologically, chronologically, allegorically and delusionally, touch is the mother
of all sensory systems. It is an ancient sense in evolution: even the simplest single-celled organisms can feel when something
brushes up against them and will respond by nudging closer or pulling away. It is the first sense aroused ... More.
that little touches do mean so much. Psychologists
have long studied the grunts and winks of nonverbal communication, the vocal tones and facial expressions that carry emotion.
A warm tone of voice, a hostile stare — both have the same meaning in Terre Haute or Timbuktu, and are among dozens
of signals that form a universal human vocabulary. More ...
embrace Argentine tango as new therapy. On the
fourth floor of Buenos Aires' largest psychiatric hospital, patients dance the tango with doctors and nurses. Its intricate
steps helped to improve the memory of Alzheimer's patients in Britain. In Italy the trust needed for the tango's tight embrace
and its backward walk are used in couple's counseling. More ...
Tango Therapy. Psychologists
and physical therapists believe learning to tango can help people suffering from Alzheimers, Parkinson’s Disease, and
depression. Richard Reynolds finds out more at the first International Conference on Tango Therapy. More ...
tango keeps the brain in step, too. The hot moves of the Argentine Tango not only keep the aging body in shape,
they also may help sharpen the aging brain, according to a study out Tuesday. That study, presented here at the annual meeting
of the Society for Neuroscience, adds to a growing body of evidence more ...
Acute and Easily Duped: Our Sense of Touch. Biologically,
chronologically, allegorically and delusionally, touch is the mother of all sensory systems. It is an ancient sense in evolution:
even the simplest single-celled organisms can feel when something brushes up against them and will respond by nudging closer
or pulling away. It is the first sense aroused ... More.
Want to know
more about this brain body stuff, like how your hands evolved from a fish? Below is just a short selection of books that are
fun and relatively easy to read.
Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide, Andrea Olsen
BodyStories, A Guide to Experiential Anatomy,
Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin
Awareness through Movement, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
The Body Has a
Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee
The Thinking Body, Mabel Todd
Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Eric N. Franklin
Imagery for Technique and Performance, Eric N. Franklin
A User's Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention,
and the Four Theaters of the Brain, John J. Ratey
The Elusive Obvious, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
Body and Mature
Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation, and Learning,
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais