ARTS 

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MENTAL WELLBEING 

'Arts-Based Groups May Be Beneficial for the Wellbeing of Victims of Gender-Based Violence'

UCL- Collins et al. 

DOI: 10.31219/osf.io/fs23c

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25 April 2022

Researchers used a literature review of studies published from 2000 to 2021, as well as a manual search of reference lists of arts and mental health journals, to find out if there is a connection between arts-based groups and the well-being of women who have experienced gender-based violence. The results indicate that supportive art groups tailored to the needs of the survivors have a positive impact on the women involved, leading the researchers to advocate for the necessity of arts and health disciplines working together to address important issues, like this one. 

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'A Systematic Review Looks at the Connection Between Mental Health Recovery and Creative Writing Groups'

Copenhagen Research Center for Mental Health- Mundy et al.

DOI: 10.18261/njach.4.1.1

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05 April 2022

Aiming to gain an overview of current evidence of group-based creative writing interventions on mental health recovery, researchers conducted a systematic review of literature, assessing 7743 records. The results suggest that creative writing may support mental health clinical and personal recovery by encouraging connectedness, empowerment, and identity. 

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'Stress and mood regulation using music in times of COVID-19 lockdown: an ecological momentary assessment study'

University of Vienna - Anja Feneberga et al.

DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/93cfa

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28 February 2022

Researchers examined the relationship between music-listening behaviour and measures of stress as well as moods among 711 adults in Austria during the pandemic. The findings suggest that listening to music is associated with reduced perceived stress and better mood. Also, interaction is found between their music choice and emotions, highlighting the importance of music-listening during mental crises.
 

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'Interesting Patterns of Brain Activity Emerge During Musical Analysis Exercises'

University of Tokyo - Sakai et al

DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhab478

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23 December 2021

To study the effects of music on the brain, researchers at the University of Tokyo used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the brains of school-aged students during a musical observation task where they had to identify errors in pitch, tempo, stress, and articulation. They concluded that students who were trained to play music at an early age had more brain activity overall, as well as unique patterns of activation in areas associated with emotion and melody. 
 

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'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

Unpublished

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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.

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'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

https://doi.apa.org/doi/10.1037/ppm0000273

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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

https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000779

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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. 

https://doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3423

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April 24 2020

Film Slate Marker

'The Impact of Gallery-Based Arts Engagement on Depression'

University of Sydney- Irwin et al.

DOI: 10.1080/00050067.2022.2061329

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10 April 2022

The aim of the study was to determine how a gallery-based arts engagement program would influence individuals suffering from depression. According to the study, 32 participants were randomly assigned to two terms of the program and stated that the program helped them feel more included and that it had an overall positive impact on their sense of identity. Moreover, the program also managed to counteract negative cognitive, emotional, and behavioural patterns. Therefore, results show that community-based, non–clinical art programs may act not only as a destigmatizing agent but also promote recovery from depression. 

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'Arts activities may improve self-control and reduce antisocial behaviour among teenagers'

UCL- Bone et al.

DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/v2f6p

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23 March 2022

Recent research analysed the longitudinal data from two US-based studies, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health and the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, and observed that involvement in art activities predicted higher self-control scores and lower engagement in anti-social behaviour, e.g., misbehaving at school. It is worth noting that only a correlational relationship was found. More evidence is required to demonstrate the casual effects of art activities.

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'Mental health issues surge for performing artists'

Edith Cowan University - Rusak

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19 January 2022

The research revealed the devasting impact of the pandemic on Australian artists' art activities and mental wellbeing. While at least half of the participants reported depression during the pandemic, support from art organizations, audiences, donors, and the government is essential in alleviating the heightened stress among artists. 
 

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'The Impact of Music Intervention on Mental Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic'

Hazaribag College - Mukherjee

DOI: 10.51402/jle.v2i2.19

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21 December 2021

In the face of mental health deterioration during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers conducted an experiment in order to investigate the potentially therapeutic effects of Indian classical instrumental music. They asked 45 adults to fill out a survey before and after the musical intervention, looking to evaluate their mental wellness. After the two weeks of musical intervention, participants’ wellness scores increased significantly, suggesting that classical music can induce positivity as well as promote psychological functionality. 

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'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.

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'Making music tunes up wellbeing during lockdown'

Univeristy of Edinburgh - Raymond MacDonald et al.

DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.623640

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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

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2020.101200

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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 

https://doi.org/10.1080/17454832.2020.1751219

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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