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International Arts + Mind Lab

International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) is a multidisciplinary research-to-practice initiative accelerating the field of neuroaesthetics. IAM Lab is part of the Brain Sciences Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and brings together brain scientists and practitioners in architecture, music and art in a global effort to amplify human potential. IAM Lab is committed to shaping and growing the neuroaesthetics field through collaboration and research. By taking an outside-in approach to health, well-being and learning, IAM Lab advocates for impact-based thinking that will change the way we think today and enhance the way we live tomorrow.

IAM Lab

  • 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 […]

  • Your Brain on Art: A Promising Path to Healing War Trauma

    Paintings by military service members

    Seven service members, all diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from combat, sat at the psychotherapy group table, creating symbols of themselves out of clay on a fabric placemat to keep their workspace clean. During the verbal processing part of the group, each participant described what he made; symbols that ranged from flat hearts to […]

  • Building the Field of Neuroarchitecture

    The Salk Institute

    Image:  The Salk Institute Whether our homes or our workplaces, the spaces where we spend our lives affect us on nearly every level – physically, emotionally, and cognitively. From how we learn and grow to how we restore and relax, architects have been captivated by the complexities of the sensory experience of architectural space. Design […]

  • The Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts

    Surrounding sitting Division 10 President Mary Gregerson clockwise from far left: Treasurer Allyn Enderlyn, Secretary Suehuyeon Paek, Bracha Azoulay and Member at Large Hod Orkibi. Mary Gregerson is a clinical psychologist, scientific researcher and specialist in environmental health psychology and performance psychology. She originated the intervention techniques of partnering and lifestyle balancing. Mary is currently the president of The Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, […]

  • Mind the Gap: Improving Urban Mobility through Science and Design

    How do people move through cities? Is technology helping or hindering their movement? The answer may depend on whom you ask. IAM Lab Executive Director Susan Magsamen joined a dynamic panel for “Mind the Gap: Improving Urban Mobility through Science and Design,” hosted by Van Alen Institute and moderated by Jonathan Hilburg, assistant editor at […]

  • Healing Service Members Through the Arts

    IAM Lab participated in the first annual Foundation of Youth Consortium in Saint Petersburg and Tampa, Fla., March 23- 24, 2018. Symposium leaders launching this initiative include Dr. Jonathon Ellen, President of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital; Hank Hine, Executive Director of the Dali Museum; Susan Magsamen, Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab […]

  • Baltimore Brain Connect Reaches More Than 1,000 Students and Families

    “Kiss your brain!” It’s a common refrain from teachers at the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) afterschool program when a scholar gives a great answer or pushes himself to new conclusions. After last week, scholars who kiss their hand and touch their forehead in response likely have a whole new appreciation for why their […]

  • Music as Medicine

    Jamal Davis, a young singer-songwriter, always dreamed of pursuing a career in music. Jamal was working to get an audition for The Voice when he found himself in need of a heart transplant for his congenitally enlarged heart. Jamal went to the University of Florida (UF) Health Shands Hospital, where his nurses enlisted him in […]