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The Perception of Touch in Young Children and Families

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This research project involves developing an interactive dance theatre show in collaboration with children and families from socioeconomically deprived areas of Coventry and Leamington Spa.

The project knits together arts and science to examine the perception of touch in young children and families, exploring how the subjective and psychophysiological perception of touch changes depending on the environment and emotional relationship of those being touched.

Results of this project will lead to the creation of a new professional, touring, interactive dance theatre show for 3-8 year olds and their families.

The on-going project, which launched in 2017, is a collaborative venture involving Professor Sotaro Kita (Psychology, University of Warwick) and Dr Sara Reed (Media & Performing Arts, Coventry) working with Wriggle Dance Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and Coventry Library Service.

To find out more, contact Professor Sotaro Kita.