The Art of Smart: Creativity Proves Good for Growing Brains and Brains Growing Older

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Recently, I published an article with the Durango Telegraph about recent studies in neuroscience showing how the brain definitely benefits from doing art. Singing, dancing, painting, writing, riffing, you name it! Art stimulates various regions of the young brain, helping it mature, while staving off the atrophy of old age. And, as an added bonus, art trains the brain to focus.

Focus does not come naturally to a species that evolved to constantly monitor its surroundings for dangerous saber-toothed predators. However, neuroscience continues to show that intense focus, or “flow,” may be the key to less stress, greater happiness, and a much smarter mind!

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Margaux Newby, 10, loves art. When she is working on a project, she says, “I feel like I am really where I’m supposed to be.” To her, art is a way to express her emotions.

What Margaux may not yet know is that artistic endeavors – painting, dancing, acting, sculpting, writing, and so forth – are physically altering her brain. A flurry of recent neuroscience studies has revealed how art benefits the brains of kids, adults and seniors.

Read the whole article.

By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.

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