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.
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.
Artist Profile - Nancy Grandoff: Art keeps illness in check | Nancy Grandoff’s watercolors fill her house: egrets, cranes, turtles, sunflowers and tulips. And she credits her life with Parkinson’s Disease with reconnecting her to the art that she loves.
"Art of Survival: Women, Healing & The Arts" edited by Elka Kazmierczak, as featured on the Arts & Healing Network. Essays by counselors, educators, and artists, combined with art works by women artists and survivors of abuse (psychological, physical, and sexual) showing that art making can be a source of self-knowledge and transformation.