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Culture of Empathy Builder:   Dee Reynolds


 Dee Reynolds & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Kinesthetic Empathy

Dee Reynolds is professor of French at the University of Manchester. She is editor/author of, among other books, Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices.   A key interdisciplinary concept in our understanding of social interaction across creative and cultural practices, kinesthetic empathy describes the ability to experience empathy merely by observing the movements of another human being. 

Dee is a founder of the 'Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy' project that uses audience research and neuroscience to explore how dance spectators respond to and identify with dance. It is a multidisciplinary project, involving collaboration across organizations and four institutions. The project has a website, Ning group and held a conference.
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 Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices

      Amelia Jones
      Dee Reynolds and Matthew Reason

Part I: Mirroring Movements: Empathy and Social Interactions

     Dee Reynolds
1. Knowing Me, Knowing You: Autism, Kinesthetic Empathy and Applied Performance
      Nicola Shaughnessy
2. Kinesthetic Empathy and Movement Metaphor in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
      Bonnie Meekums
3. Affective Responses to Everyday Actions
      Amy E. Hayes and Steven P. Tipper

Part II: Kinesthetic Engagement: Embodied Responses and Intersubjectivity

      Dee Reynolds
4. Cinematic Empathy: Spectator Involvement in the Film Experience
      Adriano D'Aloia
5. Musical Group Interaction, Intersubjectivity and Merged Subjectivity
      Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, Ian Cross and Pamela Burnard
6. Kinesthetic Empathy and the Dance's Body: From Emotion to Affect
      Dee Reynolds

Part III: Kinesthetic Impact: Performance and Embodied Engagement

      Matthew Reason
7. Kinesthetic Empathy in Charlie Chaplin's Silent Films
      Guillemette Bolens
8. Effort and Empathy: Engaging with Film Performance
      Lucy Fife Donaldson
9. Breaking the Distance: Empathy and Ethical Awareness in Performance
      Rose Parekh-Gaihede

Part IV: Artistic Enquiries: Kinesthetic Empathy and Practice-Based Research

      Matthew Reason
10. Re-Thinking Stillness: Empathetic Experiences of Stillness in Performance and Sculpture
      Victoria Gray
11. Empathy and Exchange: Audience Experiences of Scenography
      Joslin McKinney
12. Photography and the Representation of Kinesthetic Empathy
      Matthew Reason, with photographs by Chris Nash

Part V: Technological Practices: Kinesthetic Empathy in Virtual and Interactive Environments

      Dee Reynolds
13. The Poetics of Motion Capture and Visualisation Techniques: The Differences between Watching Real and Virtual Dancing Bodies
      Sarah Whatley
14. Interactive Multimedia Performance and the Audience's Experience of Kinesthetic Empathy
      Brian Knoth
15. Kinesthetic Empathy Interaction: Exploring the Concept of Psychomotor Abilities and Kinesthetic Empathy in Designing Interactive Sports Equipment
      Maiken Hillerup Fogtmann

      Dee Reynolds and Matthew Reason
Notes on Contributors