Art has the power to make us better people. It helps with all aspects of life such as improving the creative mind, problem-solving and critical thinking. The following article will identify some of the key ways art has an impact on your thinking.
Art can help you emotionally as it can be deemed as healing. A study conducted by the U.S National Institute of Health confirmed that “Engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease.” Additionally, it can heighten your ability to empathise as according to ED Week, “Exposure to the arts also affects the values of young people, making them more tolerant and empathetic. We suspect that their awareness of different people, places, and ideas through the arts helps them appreciate and accept the differences they find in the broader world”. Overall, improving your emotional thinking.
Engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease.
Very interestingly, art can change your consciousness. In an article, Jacob Devany wrote “When you observe a profound piece of art you are potentially firing the same neurons as the artist did when they created it thus making new neural pathways and stimulating a state of inspiration“. This sense of being drawn into a painting is called “embodied cognition”. Meaning you are able to appreciate things from a different mindset and way of thinking.
Looking at the benefits of art in a more scientific aspect. It has been found that art increases blood flow to the brain. Professor Semir Zeki stated that “We wanted to see what happens in the brain when you look at beautiful paintings.” The experiment concluded when you look at art “whether it is a landscape, a still life, an abstract or a portrait – there is strong activity in that part of the brain related to pleasure.” Furthermore, it was found that when looking at art considered the most ‘beautiful’ blood flow increased in a certain part of the brain by 10%.
when looking at art considered the most ‘beautiful’ blood flow increased in a certain part of the brain by 10%.
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