Art Therapy and the Brain

Published: 14 Jun 2021
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Art is a powerful tool in communication. It is now widely acknowledged that art ex- pression is a way to visually communicate thoughts and feelings that are too painful to put into words. Creative activity has also been used in psychotherapy and counsel- ing not only because it serves another language but also because of its inherent ability to help people of all ages explore emotions and beliefs, reduce stress, resolve prob- lems and conflicts, and enhance their sense of well-being.

This is a chapter that talks about "Art therapy has historically resisted an association with science and has favored a more art-based stance in its philosophy and practice. However, recent scientific find- ings about how images influence emotion, thoughts, and well-being and how the brain and body react to the experience of drawing, painting, or other art activities are clarifying why art therapy may be effective with a variety of populations. As sci- ence learns more about the connection between emotions and health, stress and dis- ease, and the brain and immune system, art therapy is discovering new frontiers for the use of imagery and art expression in treatment."

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