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Art is Good for Your Brain!

By Sarah Mihich, Marketing Intern

 Art can not only wash away the dust from our souls but it can also wipe away the dust in our minds. “The production of visual art improves effective interaction” between parts of the brain as suggested by new cognitive research done in Germany.”  This research was conducted with a small group of newly retired individuals aging from 62 and 70. It ended with suggesting that making art can slow down, delay or even negate age-related decline in certain brain functions.

To dig even deeper into this research, a team led by neurologists Anne Bolwerk and Christian Maihofner, gather randomly 14 men and 14 women with half  participating on hands-on art class and the other participating in an art appreciation course for a 10 week period. The study showed, “a significant improvement in psychological resilience” as well increased levels of “functional connectivity” in the brain amongst participants of the visual art production group. The art-appreciation group fared worse on both”. To learn more about the relationship between art and the mind click here.

July 25, 2014

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