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HOW ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AFFECTS MENTAL HEALTH
As the amount of time that people spend indoors is now roughly 90% of their day, considering the impact of architectural design on mental health has never been more relevant (Megahed and Ghoneim, 2021). A developing field, “neuro-architecture”, combines neuroscience and architecture to understand the neural correlates of sensory processes such as visual and spatial perception...
APPLICATIONS OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY DURING COVID-19
Facing job losses, reduced income (McKibbin & Fernando, 2020) and social isolation due to physical distancing measures (Saladino, Algeri, & Auriemma, 2020), many people have experienced high levels of distress and anxiety, together with feelings of helplessness and dispiritedness (Montemurro, 2020). However, there are still people who have remained optimistic during this crisis. What makes them different? And what can we do to be like them?
THE EXISTENTIALISM OF DAMIEN HIRST
Whilst we may all be familiar with Descartes’ notion that ‘I think, therefore I am’, Kierkegaard instead opted for an alternative mantra - ‘I exist, therefore I think’...
HOW THE BRAIN RESPONDS TO ART
'Neuroaesthetics is an emerging interdisciplinary field combining neuroscience, psychology and the arts to understand the neural correlates of aesthetic experiences such as art and beauty (Pearce et al., 2016). Neuroaesthetics was first coined by Semir Zeki, a professor of neuroscience at University College London...'
WHAT CAN PLAY THERAPY OFFER?
'You might be wondering, what is play therapy? Well, let's start with play itself. The act of playing is inherent to children and essential for their development. Play aids children to regulate their emotional responses to disturbances and reduces stress levels...'
ART THERAPY IN MUSEUMS
HOW CAN ART IMPROVE OUR WELL-BEING?
'As time went by, museums have expanded their services in many different ways. Once exclusively used as places to exhibit art pieces, at the moment museums operate as workshop areas, party venues or theatre stages...'
HOW DO MOVIES REALLY MAKE US FEEL?
'When was the last time you finished watching a movie in a different mood to when you started it? Isn't it puzzling that something so removed from one’s life can have such a profound impact on one’s emotional state...'
THE HEALING POWER OF ART
'Whilst the coronavirus pandemic has caused museums to close and concerts to be canceled, many individuals have turned to art, emphatically showing “its power to unite and connect in times of crisis” (United Nations, 2020)...'
SURREALISM: ART OF THE UNCONSCIOUS
'The modern estimates of the total number of casualties of the First World War (defined as the deaths and injuries of both the civilian populations and soldiers) hover around forty million...'
ARE YOU SCARED OF MATHS?
MATH ANXIETY: WHY AND WHAT TO DO
'Mathematics is basically everywhere. “Math is scary.” “Math is complicated.” “Why do we need to do this?” “I was never good at math.” We hear these quite often, in or out of our classrooms...'
HOW CAN WE TAKE CARE OF OUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19
THE USE OF SOCIAL IDENTITY THEORY
'The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic can be stressful for people across the world. According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “fear and anxiety about a new disease...'