Check out my latest article:
Human Origami:The Embryo as a Folding Life Continuum in the debut issue of the International Journal of Prenatal and Life Sciences, a journal devoted to an anthroposophical, phenomenological perspective on the biology of human development. Free pdf download.
My invited chapter on ‘rest and recovery’ has been published in a new book (2017) on Dance Wellness produced by the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and to be published by Human Kinetics Press. She will co-author this chapter with her colleague, Dr. Margaret Wilson from Dance, University of Wyoming. Stay tuned!
My chapter, ‘The Alexander Technique and the science of self-regulation’ appears in Alexander Technique in Context, a prestigious book in paperback and electronic form published by HITE, Healthcare Integrated Training and Education, London, UK (2016). The book is a contemporary core text containing articles by international contributors on current issues and thinking in the Alexander Technique as it relates to particular fields.
My chapter ‘Sharing creativity through the mirror neuron system’ is available in Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Changing Currents in Education and Public Life, Edward Elgar Publisher, 2013
Since 2012, I been investigating how improvisational dance helps people with Parkinson’s improve their balance and generate movement on their own. A study funded by the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University, featured an improvisational approach to teaching dance, led by professor Christina Soriano (Wake Forest dance program). Neuroscientists, Dr. Paul Laurienti and Dr. Jonathan Burdette, from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center collaborated on a neuroplasticity study in which fMRI brain scans were recorded from the brain of one participant who had made the most functional gains on balance in the group dance class. Preliminary findings were published in the Journal of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics in 2014 (See Parkinson’s and Dance Research below). Professor Soriano is continuing to take this work forward with other neuroscientists and in other directions (Alzheimer’s) at Wake Forest. Glenna, Christina Soriano and neuroscientist Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, collaborating in writing up Christina’s improvisational teaching method for an article in Frontiers in Neuroscience.
The most recent METHODS paper in Frontiers of Neurology is a free download. This paper was one of a number of invited papers on the special topic of Sound, Movement and Music in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. All the papers are free to download.
To download among the sampling of articles below, please click on any one.
or contact Glenna.
Alexander Technique Studies & Reflections
- Alexander Technique & Elderly (Batson & Barker, 2007)
- Click here for the YouTube link to the before/after balance tests.
- Graviception 2004 Oxford Congress
- Neuroscience Panel 2008 Lugano Congress
- Chapter – Complementary Approaches for Physical Therapy (Elsevier)
Parkinson’s & Dance Research
- Effect of Improvisational Dance on Balance and fMRI case study, Journal of Physical and Occupational Therapy, 2014
- Complementary Health Practice Review Feasibility Study 2010
- Research in Dance Education Soriano & Batson 2012
Complementary Physical Therapy Studies
- Mental Practice of Motor Imagery & Exercise in Elderly
- Feldenkrais Method & Balance Post-Stroke
- Motor Imagery Review
Dance Science & Somatics
- Multisite Testing of the Modified Star Excursion Balance Test on Elite Dancers 2010
- Distributed Practice and Somatics – Batson and Schwartz – Journal of Dance Medicine & Science 2007
- Overuse and Somatics – Journal of Dance Medicine & Science 2007
- Update on Proprioception – Journal of Dance Medicine & Science 2009 with Corrected Chart
- Improving Postural Control in the Ballet Tendu – Journal of Dance Education 2010
- Intentional Rest – Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices 2009