Judging the Aesthetic Quality versus Technical Skill in Tai Chi Movements
June 22, 2015 -
Do experts and amateur
practitioners judge the beauty and the technical quality of a Tai Chi sequence
differently? Researchers from University of Verona of Italy conducted a study to
answer this question. Their hypothesis were: i) movement evaluation will
correlate with the level of skill expressed in the kinematics of the observed
action but ii) only experts will be able to unravel the technical component from
the aesthetic component of the observed action.
The judgments delivered indicate
that both expert and non-expert observers are able to
discern a good from a mediocre performance; however, as expected, only experts
discriminate the technical from the aesthetic component of the action evaluated
and do this independently of the level of skill shown by the model (high or
middle level performances).
Furthermore, the judgments
delivered were strongly related to the kinematic variables measured in the
observed model, indicating that observers rely on specific movement kinematics
(e.g. movement amplitude, jerk and duration) for action evaluation.
These results provide evidence of the complementary functional
role of visual and motor action representation in movement evaluation and
underline the role of expertise in judging the aesthetic quality of movements.