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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Steven Orr, Andrew Cruickshank, and Howie J. Carson

. ( 2015 ). Enhancing performance proficiency at the expert level: Considering the role of “somaesthetic awareness .” Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16 ( Pt. 1 ), 110 – 117 . doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.07.006 Whitley , R. ( 1984 ). The scientific status of management research as a