The Art and Science of Embodied Research Design: Concepts, Methods, and Cases offers some of the nascent perspectives that situate embodiment as a necessary element in human research. This edited volume brings together philosophical foundations of embodiment research with application of embodied methods from several disciplines.

The book is divided into two sections. Part I, Concepts in Embodied Research Design, suggests ways that embodied epistemology may bring deeper understanding to current research theory, and describes the ways in which embodiment is an integral part of the research process. In Part II, Methods and Cases, chapters propose novel ways to operationalize embodied data in the research process. The section is divided into four sub-sections: Somatic Systems of Analysis, Movement Systems of Analysis, Embodied Interviews and Observations, and Creative and Mixed Methods. Each chapter proposes a method case; an example of a previously used research method that exemplifies the way in which embodiment is used in a study.

As such, it can be used as scaffold for designing embodied methods that suits the researcher’s needs. It is suited for many fields of study such as psychology, sociology, behavioral science, anthropology, education, and arts-based research. It will be useful for graduate coursework in somatic studies or as a supplemental text for courses in traditional research design.



ByJennifer Frank Tantia

part I|60 pages

Concepts in embodied research

chapter 2|10 pages

Open and reflective research

Methodological reflections on the importance of body awareness in qualitative research
ByHelena Dahlberg

chapter 3|11 pages

The concept of “felt sense” in embodied knowing and action

ByAnn Weiser Cornell, Barbara McGavin

chapter 4|12 pages

Embodied data

Toward a vocabulary for somatic and movement experience
ByJennifer Frank Tantia

chapter 5|9 pages

Ethical considerations in embodied research

ByRae Johnson

part II|181 pages

Methods and cases

section Section I|38 pages

Somatic systems of analysis

chapter |12 pages

Methods for measuring embodiment, an instrument

The Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA)
ByAaron Freedman, Wolf Mehling

chapter 8|13 pages

Somatic phenomenology

Maps of body-felt experience
ByGlenn Hartelius

section Section II|40 pages

Movement systems of analysis

chapter 9|12 pages

The three pillars of movement observation and analysis

A brief introduction to the LMA, KMP and MPI
ByKarolina Bryl

chapter 10|15 pages

Embodied and nonverbal indices of stress in intergenerational transmission

BySilvia B. Birklein

chapter 11|12 pages

The skillful analyst

Investigating, analyzing, and reflecting on movement behavior through embodied knowledge
ByKaren Bradley

section Section III|48 pages

Embodied interviews and observations

chapter 12|12 pages

Ethnomethodologically informed ethnography

Recognising the potential and limitations of the researcher’s body as tool for exploring embodied practice
ByTara Woodyer

chapter 13|12 pages

Beyond interpretative phenomenological analysis

Using body awareness and mindfulness meditation practices to research body psychotherapy
ByGill Westland

chapter 14|11 pages

The Body-focused Interview

Explicating the implicit in embodied research
ByJennifer Frank Tantia

chapter |12 pages

Embodied writing research applications

Giving the body “voice” through the vehicle of words
ByRosemarie Anderson

section Section IV|54 pages

Creative and mixed methods

chapter 16|11 pages

Body stories

Researching and performing the embodied experience of oppression
ByRae Johnson

chapter |12 pages

The somatic impact of war and flight on the agent bodies of refugee women in Germany

A mixed-method approach including movement and body image sculptures
ByBeatrice Schlee, Mone Welsche

chapter 18|17 pages

Aesthetic answering

A method of embodied analysis and arts-based research in creative arts therapies
ByGudrun Lange, Nicole Hartmann, Marianne Eberhard-Kaechele, Sabine C. Koch

chapter 19|13 pages

Mixed methods for evaluating embodied processes in higher education

ByRosa-María Rodríguez-Jiménez, Manuel Carmona