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Our Brains Were Wired to Look at Art

By Sarah Mihich, Marketing Intern

If you are staring at that abstract art to the point that your mind is about to burst; then you are thinking way too hard!  The human brain is wired to appreciate art according to a meta-analysis that looked at a study mapping out brain processes.

The article in the Huffington Post written by Katherine Brooks discusses the above study that was completed at the University of Toronto involving 330 participants, ages 18 to 59, who viewed familiar or not-so-familiar images of artworks. The study indicated that staring at a piece of artwork triggered activity in regions of the brain that are associated with “vision, pleasure, memory, recognition, and emotion, in addition to systems that underlie the conscious processing of new information to give it meaning.”

This study could possibly give back confidence to the viewers who have felt discouraged when staring at a Cezanne or a more complicated piece. I have to wonder if this activity is similar to when engaging in the performing arts or if there is more activity in the brain.  You can read more about this topic here.

June 30, 2014

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