Studying Memory In An Amnesiac Artist | Emma Gregory, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive science at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University, studied whether retrograde amnesia (loss of memory for information acquired before the onset of an illness or trauma) affected a broader range of knowledge than those tested in most previous studies of amnesia. Art Therapy, Cognitive Science, Ideas Boards, Hopkins Universe, Express Art, Therapy Aid, Artists Journey, Brain, Therapy Ideas
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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.
Music has a remarkable ability to affect and manipulate how we feel. Simply listening to songs we like stimulates the brain’s reward system, creating feelings of pleasure and comfort. But music goes beyond our hearts to our minds, shaping how we think. Scientific evidence suggests that even a little music training when we’re young can shape how brains develop, improving the ability to differentiate sounds and speech.
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.