'How the arts can improve mental health, especially during the pandemic'

UCL - Daisy Fancourt & Jill Sonke

DOI: 10.1037/t80120-000

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07 August 2021

This longitudinal study conducted since March 2020 have suggested a heightened rate of depression and anxiety especially among young adults who are from the BAME community or low income background. Alongside a greater yearning for cultural venues, the findings have suggested better mental health and life satisfaction among those who have engaged in daily artistic activities for 30 minutes or more.

Art on Sidewalk

'Exploring the role of museums in tackling climate change'

UCL - Rodney Harrison, Colin Sterling, Henry McGhie


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30 June 2021

An exhibition curated by a UCL expert, with a theme of how musuems and gallaries may help encourage pro-environmental behaviour, has opened in Glasgow recently. It has addressed the value of participatory arts, humanities and social science-based research in developing creative solutions to the climate crisis.

boy staring into space

'Running to music helps combat mental fatigue'

Univeristy of Edinburgh - Nicholas Lam, Harry Middleton, Shaun Phillips

DOI: 10.14198/jhse.2022.174.16

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23 June 2021

The study found that self-selected motivational music enables mentally fatigued runners to perform as well as non-mentally fatigued ones, having greater running capacity than those who were mentally fatigued but exercised without music.

Running with Music

'Art images aid communication on experience of pain in medical pain consultations'

University College London & Padfield, Omand

DOI: 10.25602/GOLD.atol.v10i2.1324

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15 November 2019

Artistic images reflecting chronic pain experience were found to be effective in aiding the interactive understanding of pain in clinical setting. One of the example within a case study would be a tiny, tiny doll sitting on a relatively large seat in the hospital, the client asked about whether resonance was induced by the specific picture.

Kids' Paintings

'Body positivity in music: Can listening to a single song help you feel better about your body?'

APA & Dr. Sarah M. Coyne

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5 November 2020

Sheet Music

'Encounters with artistic imagination contribute to people’s well-being' 

Totterdell, P., & Poerio, G. - University of Essex, University of Sheffield

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22 June 2020

Painting Wall

'Viewing Joker would be associated with higher levels of prejudice toward individuals with mental illness?' 

Damian Scarf, PhD, Hannah Zimmerman, BA, Taylor Winter, MSc,et al. 


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April 24 2020

Film Slate Marker

'Living near woodlands is good for children and young people’s mental health'

UCL - Mikaël J. A. Maes et al.

DOI: 10.1038/s41893-021-00751-1

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19 July 2021

In a study led by UCL and Imperial College London scientists, children and young people’s proximity to woodlands was found associated with better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioural problems in the upcoming two years.

Girl Swinging

'Yellow emojis not neutral symbols of identity'

Univeristy of Edinburgh - Alexander Robertson, Walid Magdy, Sharon Goldwater

DOI: 10.1145/ nnnnnnn.nnnnnnn

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30 June 2021

Building on previous research about expressing ethnic identities, researchers have revealed individuals' perceptions of the yellow skin-toned emojis are influenced by their own ethnicity. The finding signals further considerations for sociolinguistics and communications.


'Making music tunes up wellbeing during lockdown'

Univeristy of Edinburgh - Raymond MacDonald et al.


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25 February 2021

Researchers at Edinburgh College of Art examined the experiences of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, a diverse group of players. The Orchestra began improvisation sessions as a way of staying connected during lockdown. Musicians from other parts of the world were also invited to the Zoom sessions. The research found these sessions enhanced mood, lowered levels of loneliness and promoted a feeling of community during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Sheet Music

'The Emergence of Personal Symbols through Story Cloth Process with Gifted Children'

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek & Jelena Kovačević

DOI: 10.1080/10130950.2020.1783888

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3 February 2021

Elementary school pupils with gifted art ability were found to have enhanced sense of companionship and wholesomeness. It was found that sewing activities influence the creation of personal symbols, which opens a window to assess children's emotions.

Sewing Equipments

'How does art making work? Testing the hypothesized mechanisms of art making on pain experience'

University of Wisconsin USA

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August 2020

Art Supplies

'Art therapy can be effective in improving children's quality of life'

Zoe Moula - University of Stirling

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13 May 2020

Art Class

Do individuals who experience significant depressive symptoms interpret memes related to depression differently? 

UmairAkram, Jennifer Drabble, Glhenda Cau, Frayer Hershaw, Ashileen Rajenthran,
Mollie Lowe, CarissaTrommelen & JasonG. Ellis

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21 January 2020

Woman Holding a Mobile Phone