IAM Lab News and Stories

  • Creative Forces: Healing Arts for the Military

    Military service member painting

    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 […]

  • Breathe In: The Neuroscience of Scent

    Woman smelling lavendar

    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 […]

  • The Sound Resonance Project: Can We Measure the Emotions of Music?

    Woman singing opera

    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 […]

  • IAM Lab Partners with Drexel University on Unique Study of Therapeutics Arts Using Virtual Reality

    Woman 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 […]

  • IAM Lab Showcases Neuroaesthetics in Action at Milan Design Week

    A Space for Being

    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 […]

  • Charles Limb, MD: Mapping the Creative Minds of Musicians

    Charles Limb, MD

    Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett performed some musical magic in 1975 at the Cologne Opera House in Germany. For more than an hour, he played enthralling solo—and his entire performance was an improvisation, from first note to last. A recording of his feat called The Köln Concert became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all […]

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

    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, […]