IAM Lab News and Stories

  • 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

    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 University gathered a diverse group of researchers, […]

  • 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 […]