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Measuring the Therapeutic Benefits of the Arts

June 24, 2012

Studying the brain for the value of the arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is looking at the studies underway on how the arts are being used for therapeutic purposes. NEA is interested because the study could have an impact on future arts funding. Art, music, and writing is being used to heal soldiers on their return from war areas to help them with post-traumatic stress disorder. This isn’t new but the latest technology is providing a way to is measure the impact the arts are having. It can actually look at the part of the brain that is being impacted. One of the questions being asked is “it is known that art therapies can help with the psychological effects of these invisible wounds, but can they promote physical healing?”

The first study is being conducted by the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. At this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18401167 you can watch the clip and learn more.

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