Coordination modes in sensorimotor synchronization of whole-body movement: A study of street dancers and non-dancers

Akito Miura*, Kazutoshi Kudo, Tatsuyuki Ohtsuki, Hiroaki Kanehisa

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This study investigated whole-body sensorimotor synchronization (SMS) in street dancers and non-dancers. Two kinds of knee bending movement in a standing position to a metronome beat were explored in terms of stability under different movement frequencies: down-movement condition (knee flexion on the beat) and up-movement condition (knee extension on the beat). Analyses of phase relation between movement and beat revealed several distinct differences between the down- and up-movement conditions, and between dancers and non-dancers. In both groups under the up-movement condition, deviation from intended phase relation at higher beat rates, and enhanced fluctuations were observed. The deviation from intended phase relation under up-movement condition, and movement fluctuations were greater in non-dancers than in dancers. Moreover, subjective difficulty rating revealed that both groups felt that the up-movement condition was more difficult at higher beat rates. These findings suggest that down and up movements are two distinguishable coordination modes in whole-body coordination, and that street dancers have superior whole-body SMS ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1260-1271
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Movement Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Coordination dynamics
  • Dance
  • Motor learning
  • Rhythm
  • Sensorimotor synchronization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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