Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Artmaking


This article describes an experiment in which the cortisol levels of adults working on art projects for 45 mintues were measured before and after the creative activity. The study provides evidence of lowered cortisol level and indicates that making art reduces stress hormones at any skill level. It is the process of creative engagement, not necessarily the completion of a work, that has beneficial impact.

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Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Health: Brain & Mental

Creative Aging

Creative Aging > Creative Aging Model

Creative Aging > Creative Expression


Girija Kaimal

Juan Mendez

Kendra Ray

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Drexel University

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