IAM Lab: News and Stories

  • The Healing Power of Music: Johns Hopkins Center Marries Music and Medicine

    “Music as Medicine. Medicine for Musicians.”

    Strumming a guitar

    Music has long been associated with mental, physical, and spiritual health. And someday soon, doctors may start prescribing their patients a dose of music to accompany more conventional medicine. The Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, an interdepartmental collaboration between the School of Medicine and Peabody Conservatory, is actively exploring the science and therapeutic […]

  • Can You Mend a Broken Heart Through the Arts?

    Heart Beat

    Music, painting, writing and other arts enrich our lives in so many ways. But they’re not only good for the soul; they can also enhance physical well-being, including heart health, and may even lower our risk of developing certain types of heart disease. These heart-healthy benefits start with a calming influence. Whether we create art […]

  • The Neurobiology of Love

    Pink heart of light

    It’s that time of year, when love is in the air and on the minds of couples everywhere. But what exactly are these lovebirds thinking? Thanks to modern imaging, scientists are able to take a peek inside the besotted brain and show us what goes on during all stages of love—from lust to lasting relationship. […]

  • Creating a Love Connection in the Heart of Times Square

    Times Square Valentine Heart X

    By IAM Lab Guest Contributor Suchi Reddy In July 2018, our architecture and design studio, Reddymade, was invited along with seven other firms, to compete in the tectonic contemplation of a quintessential emotion—a feeling that has the power to move mountains, make miracles happen, and bind city and community—LOVE. The Times Square Challenge The brief, […]

  • IAM Lab Launches Primer on Impact Thinking

    Impact Thinking Cover

    IAM Lab recently launched a new section of its website dedicated to Impact Thinking, our translational research approach to enhance human potential in health, wellbeing and learning through the arts. Impact Thinking is an eight-step model designed to build open-source knowledge and a pipeline of arts + mind research focused on solving real-world problems. By […]

  • Healing a City, Page by Page

    One Book Balitmore Q&A with author Nic Stone

    Author Nic Stone answers student questions about her book, “Dear Martin,” selected for the One Book Baltimore initiative.   Want students to love reading? Give them a book they can relate to. “Kids were in it from the first chapter. They didn’t want to do anything else but read,” said Tiarra Leverett, a seventh- and […]

  • Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America

    Creating Health Communities Working Group

    Jill Sonke stood before a captivated audience of researchers, healthcare officials, museum directors and artists convening for a discussion of Arts in Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.  Sonke, Director of the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, presented an impressive body of work—over two decades of painstaking development of academic and clinical departments […]

  • IAM Lab Hosts Inaugural Arts in Medicine Meeting at Johns Hopkins

    Art therapist painting with pediatric patient

    Image:  UF Center for Arts in Medicine Healing through arts is ancient practice with innumerable applications in modern day medicine. Yet integration of the arts into contemporary healthcare has its challenges, requiring thoughtful cross-sector collaboration to shape and grow the field. With this mind, the International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) at Johns Hopkins […]

  • Reimagining the Future of Arts in Health at the 2018 NOAH Conference

    NOAH | National Organization for Arts in Health

    The second annual National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) conference, part of the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo, took place in Austin, TX this past October 2018. This dynamic event provided opportunities for a highly interdisciplinary cohort, including researchers, public health officials, policy makers, healthcare professionals and artists, to share knowledge at the intersection […]

  • Music and the Brain: A Discussion with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Pat Metheny at SfN

    Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society: Music and the Brain

    Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society Panel on Music and the Brain.  Pictured from left to right:  Charles Limb, Pat Metheny and Richard Huganir. The 2018 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA started on a spectacular note this November, featuring the legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny in the public lecture Dialogues Between Neuroscience […]