How Art Changes Your Brain: Differential Effects of Visual Art Production and Cognitive Art Evaluation on Functional Brain Connectivity


Abstract: “Visual art represents a powerful resource for mental and physical well-being. However, little is known about the underlying effects at a neural level. A critical question is whether visual art production and cognitive art evaluation may have different effects on the functional interplay of the brain’s default mode network (DMN)…Our findings are the first to demonstrate the neural effects of visual art production on psychological resilience in adulthood.

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subject terms

Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Health: Brain & Mental


Anne Bolwerk

Arnd Dörfler

Frieder Lang

Jessica Mack-Andrick

Christian Maihöfner

related organization

STAEDTLER Foundation

resource type

Research and Studies




Art Education Department of the Museums in Nuremberg (Germany), Germanisches Nationalmuseum