Research in Action
As part of its ongoing mission to advance the field, the Dimon Institute supports cutting-edge research and seeks doctoral students interested in conducting research in specific areas. Here are just a few of the projects currently in motion:
Doctoral Research Program in Psychophysical Education
The Dimon Institute has launched the first doctoral program in Psychophysical Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, starting September 2016. We are raising funds to support outstanding scholars who will take a leadership role in the further development, analysis, and implementation of the principles of our work in the public school sector. Doctoral candidates split their time between taking courses at Teachers College and the Dimon Institute Conservatory, with the candidate’s dissertation research cross-cutting both institutions and the schools they serve.
The Mindfulness Project
To learn effectively, a child needs to be calm and attentive. In this context, mindfulness has proven to be an essential tool in assisting children who are having trouble focusing on their work, managing a busy schedule, or experiencing stress at home and at school. Based on psychophysical theory, we are developing innovative ways of teaching and integrating mindfulness techniques into the classroom alongside the regular curriculum.
The Zentralapparat Project
F. Matthias Alexander and Rudolf Magnus observed over one hundred years ago that the relationship of the head to the trunk acts as a basic organizing principle governing human and animal movement–what Magnus and Alexander called, respectively, the zentralapparat and the primary control. But how does this system work, and can it be scientifically demonstrated? Building on the groundbreaking studies of Frank Pierce Jones and Theodore Dimon’s work on Neurodynamics, the Dimon Institute is conducting ongoing studies aimed at describing and demonstrating this fundamental neuro-muscular reflex system. Research is built around the hypothesis which Dr. Dimon published in his four papers, The Organization of Movement.
The Da Vinci Project
The Da Vinci Project is an experimental study of our human anatomical design. Building on the insights developed in The Body in Motion, the Da Vinci Project explores key bodily systems including the joints, upright posture and locomotion, the tensegrity design of the spine, the spiral musculature of the trunk and limbs, and more. For more detail on this project, search our blog posts tagged with “Da Vinci Project”. Series that have been published will be posted below.
The Anatomy of Directing
An in-depth look at anatomy as it relates to practical directing issues.
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The Biosynergy Project
Biosynergetics is the practical and theoretical study of man’s higher-order faculties based on our complex design. In this project, we identify and describe the operating and control systems that make up the human design, how they contribute to new forms of apprehension and learning, and the role of education in raising the use of these systems to a more conscious level as the basis for a more unified and enlightened conception of learning and development.