How Improvisational Movement and Dance Affect the Brain: A Q&A With Wake Forest Researchers Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD, and Christina Soriano New research shows great potential for improvisational movement to help older adults and individuals with perceived memory loss and neurodegeneration; benefits include improved balance, improved balance confidence, and improved mood. […] Read More How “Arts on Prescription” Could Change the Course of Healthcare: Q&A With IAM Lab’s Director of Research, Tasha Golden, PhD In this interview, Dr. Tasha Golden, Director of Research at the IAM Lab, discusses social prescribing, evaluating the nation’s first arts on prescription program “CultureRx”, and sharing what needs to […] Read More In a Time of Stress, Neuroaesthetic Spaces and Places Create a Path to Healing and Hope As workers report back to the office, children again fill classrooms, and all of us sort through the pandemic-induced trauma and stress of the past two years, it’s helpful to […] Read More How Dance Can Relieve Stress and Help Us Reconnect With Community During COVID-19 As mental health issues increased in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in art-making has also expanded — offering ways for us to creatively cope with the new […] Read More Hopkins Releases Scoping Review on “Setting” for Psychedelic Experience and Launches Multi-Institutional Collaboration As research grows, interest also continues to rise in psychedelic therapies as treatments for addiction and mental health conditions, including PTSD and depression. But how does the “set and setting” […] Read More 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 […] Read More The Neuroscience of Music and Parkinson’s Disease As anyone who has ever heard “their song” can attest, the right music has the power to make you move. Now, healthcare providers are trying to harness this power to […] Read More The Mental Health Benefits of Reading Despite recent controversies over which books should line the shelves of schools and libraries, there is little debate that literature expands the mind. But can the act of reading also […] Read More Neuroarts: An Emerging Field With a Plan to Transform Health Artists across cultures and throughout history have long recognized what scientific research has only recently been able to confirm: The arts are essential to our ability to heal and thrive. […] 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 […] Read More More → Join the neuroaesthetics conversation. Subscribe here.