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Science Shows Art Can Do Incredible Things for Your Mind and Body

More and more scientific studies are showing the benefits of creativity to the human physiology and general well being. Below are some interesting studies I came across recently – Phil

Experiencing art decreases stress levels

study from the University of Westminster found that participants’ stress levels decreased after a lunchtime visit to an art gallery. Furthermore, they also had lower concentrations of cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone.

The brain is hardwired to process art.

Parts of the brain that are associated with contemplation are automatically sparked when viewing art, even if they aren’t thinking about it critically; “areas of the brain involved in processing emotion and those that activate our pleasure and reward systems are also being engaged.” Neuroscientist Oshin Vartanian. It looks like you don’t need a degree in art history to break down what’s going on in a painting — your brain is already doing it.

Perhaps the biggest benefits come from actually producing art.

There are real-world benefits to making the art with your own two hands. According to a 2014 study, producing visual art improved psychological resilience and increased brain activity for the participants by the end of the experiment.

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