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The Visual Brain- Coloring Our World

Looking at the brain and illness through art: From a scientific point of view, the paintings tell us a lot about how the person’s brain is functioning.


Princeton artist shows body of work, before and after amnesia

Artist Lonni Sue Johnson with the exhibition of her work "Puzzles of the Brain" at Morven Museum & Garden

Sad but true... a child's brain develops differently when exposed to abuse. The resilient child: How children's brains develop- and heal after trauma

Play, Stress, and the Learning Brain - Dana Foundation; good read about early development and art/play.

It turns out that the frightening conditions of Alzheimer’s disease — which causes short and long-term memory loss — and frontotemporal disorders (FTD) — which is responsible for loss of language and speech — often have a creative silver lining. While some skills in the brain diminish, other new, expression-related skills are unlocked as the brain reroutes functions to compensate.

Art therapy can bring about a positive reaction because it activates more of the brain than verbal therapy, offering additional coping skills and ideas to solve issues. This site lists art therapy goals and materials to use

For those few of us practicing art therapy in medical settings, we see firsthand the benefits as well as the necessity of creative expression in the sterile hospital locales and we bear witness to incredulous healing journeys of our participants as they battle chronic illness, disease, non-intentional trauma, intentional trauma, accident, and sometimes the end of life.

Foundation for Hospital Art : Barbara Banta has traveled the world installing hospital art: Studies show a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress and anxiety; and researchers are learning more about the precise ways paintings and other works of art help patients and families in the healing process.