IAM Lab News and Stories Do You See What I See? IAM Lab Launches Investigation Into the Pareidolia Phenomenon Human faces don’t normally belong on clouds or slices of toast. Potatoes are not seals. And peppers don’t usually look like they need a little hug. But the human mind has a tendency to perceive something as significant or meaningful, even if what we actually see or hear is vague or ambiguous. And looking at […] Read More A Citywide Reading Program Connects Youth Through Literature and Safe Dialogue About Violence As the writer Maya Angelou once said: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Previous research has found that reading and writing literature can help people express themselves and reduce the stigma and isolation surrounding sensitive subjects and experiences. A new study published in the Journal of Community Psychology from […] Read More Boosting Vaccine Confidence With the Arts The rapid development of safe and effective vaccines against the novel coronavirus is a remarkable feat of scientific achievement. And it’s our best shot for getting through a global pandemic. But having the vaccine is not enough if not everyone is confident enough to take it. As of September 2021, roughly 180 million Americans are […] Read More Norman Galinsky Draws Stillness and Energy from Geometric Art When you first view Norman Galinsky’s minimalistic art, you may not guess that the artist’s first career was in engineering. Ever since childhood, Galinsky’s two main passions were science and making art. Science took precedence in high school—he was a runner-up in the prestigious Westinghouse National Talent search science competition—and, at the urging of his […] Read More New Research: Think Tank Findings on The State of Music-Based Interventions for Mental Illness How can music support mental health? While hundreds of studies have been conducted to answer this question, the availability and application of music interventions for mental health remain limited. Part of the challenge is the multidisciplinary nature of this research and difficulties in synthesizing findings across different fields including psychology, neurology, psychiatry, music, and public health. […] Read More New IAM Lab Study Charts Use of Music Interventions to Treat Serious Mental Illness The healing power of music for mental health has been formally studied across many professions – from psychology to music therapy to nursing – dating back to the 1940s. A recent global scoping review evaluated published research on music-related interventions for serious mental health issues and underscored the therapeutic potential of music to support mental […] Read More More Than Words: Why Poetry is Good for Our Health “Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: That even as we grieved, we grew That even as we hurt, we hoped That even as we tired, we tried That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious” Amanda Gorman, the 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate, spoke these powerful words at the 2020 presidential inauguration […] Read More Sound Health Network Launches to Advance Music and Health Research A growing chorus of scientists, researchers, musicians, clinicians, and patients interested in music and health now have a new network to help bring them together. On Tuesday, January 26, the Sound Health Network launched with an hourlong online event featuring renowned researchers like Francis Collins and clinicians like Sanjay Gupta alongside world-class musicians like Renée […] Read More The Silkroad Ensemble Weaves Together Music and People Music has long been recognized for its ability to bring people together. But can its healing powers help to suture the divides wrought by pandemic distancing and growing social unrest? The Silkroad Ensemble shows us the possibilities even in the midst of the most challenging circumstances. This award-winning team of virtuosos has met the challenges […] Read More The Art of Nostalgia: Using the Past for Relief in the Present Pandemic When the pandemic put me in lockdown, I decided to make use of extra time at home by sorting through boxes of memorabilia in my closet. My goal: throw stuff out and reduce clutter. But as I blew the dust off old family photos, concert ticket stubs, baseball cards and playbills, I enjoyed a fringe […] Read More More → Join the neuroaesthetics conversation. Subscribe here.