Preferred Dance Tempo: Does Sex or Body Morphology influence how we groove?

Sofia Dahl, David Huron, Garvin Brod, Eckart Altenmüller

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Abstract

In two experiments participants tuned a drum machine to their preferred dance tempo. Measurements of height, shoulder width, leg length, and weight were taken for each participant, and their sex recorded. Using a multiple regression analysis, height and leg length combined was found to be the best predictors of preferred dance tempo in Experiment 1. A second experiment, where males and females were matched in terms of height, resulted in no significant correlation between sex and preferred dance tempo. In the matched sample, height was found to be the single best predictor but with a relatively small effect size. These results are consistent with a biomechanical “resonance” model of dancing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of New Music Research
Volume43
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)214-223
Number of pages10
ISSN0929-8215
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2014

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Dahl, Sofia ; Huron, David ; Brod, Garvin ; Altenmüller, Eckart. / Preferred Dance Tempo : Does Sex or Body Morphology influence how we groove?. In: Journal of New Music Research. 2014 ; Vol. 43, No. 2. pp. 214-223.
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Preferred Dance Tempo : Does Sex or Body Morphology influence how we groove? / Dahl, Sofia; Huron, David; Brod, Garvin; Altenmüller, Eckart.

In: Journal of New Music Research, Vol. 43, No. 2, 17.03.2014, p. 214-223.

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