- Increases jumping height in dancers (Heiland et al.,Research in Dance Education, 2012).
- Improves plié arabesque performance in dancers (Heiland et al., Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 2012).
- Improves mental imagery ability in people with Parkinsonʼs disease (Abraham et al., Neural Plasticity, 2018)
- Improves disease severity and motor and cognitive functions in people with Parkinsonʼs disease (Abraham et al., Neural Plasticity, 2018).
- Improves pelvic schema and graphic-metric representation in people with Parkinsonʼs disease (Abraham et al., Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2018).
- Improves mental imagery ability and characteristics in dancers (Abraham et al., Frontiers in Psychology, 10:382, 2019. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00382)
- Improves developpé performance, hip range-of-motion, and pelvic postural alignment in dancers (Abraham et al., Frontiers in Psychology, 10:382, 2019. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00382)
“Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery (DNITM) Improves Developpé Performance, Kinematics, and Mental Imagery Ability in University-Level Dance Students”
Amit Abraham 1,2*, Rebecca Gose 3, Ron Schindler 4, Bethany H. Nelson 2 and Madeleine E. Hackney 1,5
Note:A new study on DNI and its beneficial effect on dance performance was recently published in the prestigious peer reviewed scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology.A group of researchers from Emory University (USA), the University of Georgia (USA) and the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) assessed the effect of an intensive DNI training on performance of the developpe dance movement and found that following the training, participants significantly improved in gesturing ankle rise height, hip abduction and flexion range-of-motion, and mental imagery ability. Further, participants maintained their correct pelvic alignment. This study provides another evidence as for the efficacy of DNI/FM approach to dance performance and injury prevention.
“Will you draw me a pelvis?ˮ Dynamic neuro-cognitive imagery improves pelvic schema and graphic-metric representation in people with Parkinsonʼs Disease: A randomized controlled trial
by Amit Abraham, Ariel Hart, Ruth Dickstein, Madeleine E.Hackney
BackgroundBody schema (i.e., the mental representations of the body), vital for motor and cognitive functions, is often distorted in people with Parkinsonʼs disease (PD). Deficits in body, and especially pelvic, schema can further exacerbate motor and cognitive deficits associated with PD. Such deficits, including those in graphic and metric misjudgments, can manifest in drawing tasks. Mental imagery is a recommended approach for PD rehabilitation with potential for ameliorating body schema.ObjectiveTo investigate the effect of a two-week dynamic neuro-cognitive imagery (DNI) training versus in-home learning and exercise control (learning/exercise) on pelvic schema and graphic representation (i.e., drawing height and width).DesignTwenty participants with idiopathic PD (Hoehn&Yahr I-III; Mage: 65.75+10.13) were randomly allocated into either a DNI or a learning/exercise group. Participants were asked to complete the “Draw Your Pelvisˮ test in which they drew their pelvis at pre- and post-intervention. Drawings were assessed for pelvic schema score and drawing dimensions (i.e., height and weight).InterventionDNI anatomical and metaphorical imagery focusing on pelvic anatomy and biomechanics.ResultsNo difference (p > .05) was detected at baseline between drawn pelvis height and width. Following intervention, improvements were greater in the DNI group for pelvic schema (p < .01), drawn pelvic width (p < .05) and width-height difference (p < .05).ConclusionsThis study suggests that DNI could serve as a rehabilitation path for improving body schema in people with PD. Future studies should explore DNI mechanisms of effect and the effect of enhanced pelvic schema on motor and non-motor deficits in this population.
Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery Improves Mental Imagery Ability, Disease Severity, and Motor and Cognitive Functions in People with Parkinson’s Disease
Effects of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic imagery interventions on dancers’ plié arabesques
by Teresa L. Heiland, Robert Rovetti, and Jan Dunn
Examining effects of Franklin Method metaphorical and anatomical mental images on college dancers’ jumping height
by Teresa Heiland & Robert Rovetti