IAM Lab News and Stories How Time in Nature Boosts Learning in the Classroom Even a little nature could go a long way to help students. As summer fades, you can almost hear the collective sigh of children marching back into the confines of the classroom. Hopefully, their summer vacations included healthy doses of nature. Time outdoors has noted benefits to our mental health. But kids would do well to continue communing with nature when they start hitting the books as […] Read More How the Great Outdoors Improves Mental Health Mother nature knows best. Our society’s rapid pace of life and addiction to digital technology have created a stress epidemic in the 21st century. But there may be another major contributing factor: chronic nature deprivation. Our connection to nature has become very tenuous. More than half the world’s population currently lives in cities, a number that is predicted to […] Read More Why The Arts are Essential to Public Health Research A musician-turned-scholar makes the case at the inaugural Dialog Series. The International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) hosted its inaugural Dialog Series this spring, featuring singer/songwriter turned public health researcher Tasha Golden PhD. Dr. Golden’s workshop, Advancing Health Equity: Embracing the Creative Process to Evolve Health Research, demonstrated the value of using the arts as an innovative tool for communication, research and healing in […] Read More Brain Scans to Go Exploring the intersection of arts, health and technology In June, a diverse group of engineers, biomedical researchers, artists and clinicians gathered in Cancun, Mexico for the 2019 International Graphonomics Conference on Mobile Brain-Body Imaging, Neuroscience of Art, Innovation and Creativity. Each year, participants gather to explore the intersection of arts and science through the lens of contemporary and portable neuroimaging. These innovative technologies, […] Read More The Art of Recovering from War Future military doctors receive training in art therapy. The military face many health risks and challenges on the battlefield, but the scars they carry are not always visible. While physical injuries are on the decline in recent years, service members are increasingly struggling with lingering psychological tolls. More than 500,000 veterans of the U.S. military live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic […] Read More Creative Forces: Healing Arts for the Military On Memorial Day, we honor members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our country’s liberty. We also pay homage to those who returned home bearing the scars of their heroism. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s a fitting time to acknowledge that more than 500,000 service members are living […] Read More Breathe In: The Neuroscience of Scent With record rainfall in the US this past month, April showers certainly brought May flowers along with a dazzling bouquet of scents. One of the greatest and most ancient gifts bestowed on humans is the ability to enjoy the perfume of blossoms and a wide variety of other olfactory delights. Until recently, we thought that […] Read More The Sound Resonance Project: Can We Measure the Emotions of Music? To witness the healing power of music, you don’t have to look any further than the spontaneous outbursts of singing by thousands of people as they watched in horror and disbelief at the flames shooting out of the Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday. In these gentle voices, there is the sound of sorrow and grief in […] Read More IAM Lab Partners with Drexel University on Unique Study of Therapeutics Arts Using Virtual Reality The International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) of Johns Hopkins University recently teamed up with Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) on an innovative new study of the therapeutic potential of virtual reality. Led by Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor in CNHP’s Creative Arts Therapies Department, and Susan Magsamen, executive director […] Read More IAM Lab Showcases Neuroaesthetics in Action at Milan Design Week Our work is taking root and blossoming this spring as the International Arts + Mind Lab heads to Italy to participate in the most important design event of the year, Milan Design Week. On April 9, we’ll open our exhibit A Space for Being at Salone del Mobile Milano. Developed in partnership with Google, Muuto […] Read More More → Join the neuroaesthetics conversation. First Name * Last Name * Email * subscribe Thank you! Check your email to confirm your subscription.