Dr. Julia F. Christensen is a Danish neuroscientist and former dancer currently working as a senior scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Germany. She studied psychology, human evolution, and neuroscience in France, Spain and the UK. For her postdoctoral training, she worked in international, interdisciplinary research labs at University College London, City, University London and the Warburg Institute, London and was awarded a postdoctoral Newton International Fellowship by the British Academy.
Her research on dance and the brain is published regularly in international scientific peer-reviewed journals, and is featured widely in the international press including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and she frequently gives interviews in print, radio and TV about dance and the brain in Germany, Sweden and the UK. She co-authored the popular science book Dancing Is the Best Medicine, which was published in four languages and became a Bestseller in Germany, and she writes occasionally for the renowned popular science outlet AEON. She is working on her second book. Dr Christensen speaks 6 languages.