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Somaesthetics in Context

Richard Shusterman

Somaesthetics is an interdisciplinary research program that originated in pragmatist philosophy at the very end of the twentieth century and that has developed into an active academic field with its own journal ( The Journal of Somaesthetics ) and book series (Studies in Somaesthetics) and a

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Re-Education: What Can Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Movement Education Teach Kinesiology?

David I. Anderson

somaesthetics” (e.g., Shusterman, this issue) would appear to capture that integration more saliently. The second reason for using the label “CAAME” is to highlight that the approaches covered in this special issue are educational, rather than therapeutic. The educational component is evident in the active

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The Art of Concealment in a Culture of Display: Aerobicizing Women’s and Men’s Experience and Use of Their Own Bodies

Nina Waaler Loland

Inspired by Shusterman’s (1997) theory of somaesthetics, this study explores gender differences between aerobicizing individuals. Based upon semistructured interviews and participant observation, the study examines how aerobicizing men and women experience and use their bodies. Findings revealed that men as well as women used aerobics as a means to attain a belter bodily appearance, and both men and women expressed positive and negative experiences of their bodies in the aerobic context. Few of the men but many of the women used aerobics to attain a stronger, healthier, more powerful body. Several of the women felt empowered and in a position to challenge traditional femininity ideals in terms of bodily appearance and use. Most of the men seemed insecure and felt that they were under critical scrutiny during training. It is argued that Shusterman’s theory of somaesthetics can complement more traditional sociological theories in the study of physical activities like aerobics.

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A Closer Look at How Self-Talk Influences Skilled Basketball Performance

Behrouz Abdoli, James Hardy, Javad F. Riyahi, and Alireza Farsi

focus of attention should be superior to those used in the present investigation. However, comparing across studies the data contradict this prediction. In fact, the current findings fit well with Toner and Moran’s ( 2015 ) application of Shusterman’s ( 2008 ) theory of somaesthetics, outlining the

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Kenshi’s Experiences of Sword Fighting in Kendo: The Way of Ippon With Soul, Sword, and Body

Takahiro Sato, Peter R. Jensen, and Craig A. Wrisberg

“killed” an opponent associated with the experience of ancient sword fighters in actual battle situations. Tainio ( 2019 ) has recommended a more nuanced approach to examining human movement situations that includes an emphasis on “somaesthetic” (p. 852) components. It appears that in kendo culture

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Further Evidence for an External Focus of Attention in Running: Looking at Specific Focus Instructions and Individual Differences

Antje Hill, Linda Schücker, Norbert Hagemann, and Bernd Strauß

an internal focus and the perception of somatic processes as a mediator of constant improvement: Especially when athletes get into dysfunctional habits, a conscious perception of their bodies’ messages can allow somaesthetic awareness to achieve new levels of excellence ( Toner & Moran, 2015

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A Holistic Focus of Attention Increases Torque Production and Electromyography Activity in an Isokinetic Elbow Flexion

Kevin A. Becker and Marco A. Avalos

. , & Moran , A. ( 2015 ). Enhancing performance proficiency at the expert level: Considering the role of ‘somaesthetic awareness’ . Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16 , 110 – 117 . 10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.07.006 Wulf , G. , Höß, M., & Prinz, W. ( 1998 ). Instructions for motor learning

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If It All Comes Down to Bodily Awareness, How Do We Know? Assessing Bodily Awareness

Wolf E. Mehling

Personality Assessment, 53 ( 4 ), 802 – 815 . doi:10.1207/s15327752jpa5304_16 10.1207/s15327752jpa5304_16 Shusterman , R. ( 2008 ). Body consciousness: A philosophy of mindfulness and somaesthetics . New York, NY : Cambridge University Press . 10.1017/CBO9780511802829 Stern , E.R. , Grimaldi , S

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The Interaction Between Long-Term Memory and Postural Control: Different Effects of Episodic and Semantic Tasks

Maëlle Tixier, Corinne Cian, Pierre-Alain Barraud, Rafael Laboissiere, and Stéphane Rousset

within the neural pathway for postural stabilization, each of these three systems has a separate frequency range for optimal operation—that is, low frequencies account for visual regulation, medium frequencies for vestibular/somaesthetic, and high frequencies for proprioceptive participation (>2 Hz

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A Communal Language for Decision Making in Team Invasion Sports

Michael Ashford, Andrew Abraham, and Jamie Poolton

.G. , & Moran , A. ( 2015 ). The perils of automaticity . Review of General Psychology, 19 ( 4 ), 431 – 442 . doi:10.1037/gpr0000054 10.1037/gpr0000054 Toner , J. , & Moran , A. ( 2015 ). Enhancing performance proficiency at the expert level: Considering the role of ‘somaesthetic awareness