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COULD MUSEUMS IMPROVE YOUNG PEOPLE'S WELLBEING - Insights from a workshop
Do you love visiting museums? I really do! I believe they are the perfect place to endure cold, dark and long winter days. You can tour around the galleries for hours, make some sketches and potentially even touch some historical objects. Furthermore, museums can widen your horizons as you can learn so many things. However, as a psychology geek and a young adult, museums interest me from another perspective. I am curious about the potential of museums in improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing...
CAN ART REALLY HEAL TRAUMA
In a small city surrounded by the Japanese Alps lies the Matsumoto Art Museum. What many visitors perceive as a beautiful surrounding landscape was a cage to the artist featured in the museum. Kusama was born in Matsumoto, in 1929 and only dreamed of crossing the mountains to escape her hometown. While growing up, she was physically and emotionally abused by her mother and consequently suffered from hallucinations...
3 August 2023
FESTIVALS AND WELLBEING OF
Boots are out, flip-flops are in! The long-awaited summer is finally here! It is the perfect time to take a break from your studies, relax a little bit and recharge for the next year. Arts can be a great way to achieve that. The benefits of arts on mental health and wellbeing have been shown consistently (All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry, 2017; Daykin, 2019; Fancourt & Finn, 2019)...
07 July 2023
THE ART OF STRESS REDUCTION
Universities exist to foster the cognitive development of their students. They consequently seek to reduce students’ stress levels which are known to impact their intellectual performance. Paintings in lecture halls and sculptures in libraries are indeed much more than an asthetic or entertaining addition to university buildings’ outfits. There is increasing evidence that art, just like nature, can help reduce stress and foster cognitive restauration. There are hence good reasons to go creative and introduce more art into universities...
26 MAY 2023
LOUISE BOURGEOIS AND PSYCHOANALYSIS
Louise Bourgeois has long been associated with psychoanalytic themes, weaving between sexuality, death, memory, and reparation throughout her extensive career. Initially assisting her parents in the family business of restoring tapestries and creating drawings for templates used in the workshop,...
6 April 2022
THE POTENTIAL OF DIGITAL MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTIONS
With the COVID-19 pandemic came the phenomenal increase in technology usage across the world, from online video calls to innovative apps. What became particularly apparent was the potential of technology to reach and connect a great number of people – globally....
18 Feb 2022
THE THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF ART AND PLAY
As we witness a rise in mental health challenges pervasive in society, finding ways of not only coping, but of alleviating such crises is integral. Perhaps art has more relevance to this conversation than we might first expect, as it could enact similar therapeutic outcomes to that of playing.
22 Dec 2021
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?
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...'
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...'
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