When we look at art, for example, paintings, a part of our brain responds.
The result is that the experience changes and refreshes us. The aftermath is that we become open to learning, increase our creativity and our brains are less fatigued.
Our brains are prepared to enjoy art.
For the longest time that we’ve been aware of the written word, human beings have made and looked at images sketched on walls in the hopes of coming up with issues- stories, remembrance and awe.
Beasts were drawn forty thousand years ago in the hope that they’d become more familiar, or perhaps these were the images of the ancient Shamans work, trying to explain the reason for some spiritual vision that was mysterious.
We don’t know exactly why we started creating art, but we continue using our creativity to make and look at visual art until today. We can only theorize what made us start making art, but modern research has helped us to understand what goes on in our brains when we view art galleries now.
The Journey Brain And Cognition, in June, published a study that examined research, which has been done by neuroscientists while looking and scanning the brains of individuals who have been viewing paintings from Art Galleries in Vancouver. In some instances, these people were asked to rate the work they studied, and in other cases, they just looked.
The brain parts associated with object recognition and visual understanding were triggered by viewing paintings, which may be expected, but looking at artwork was found to be connected with activity related to inner thoughts, learning and emotions.
Additional research tells us more information on how art galleries can alter the way we see the world.
Students were found to be socially tolerant and showed stronger and critical thinking skills after visiting an art gallery. The bulk of this research involves young adults and children, but the benefits were the same, while other research shows that (broader) arts programs may help senior adults to keep off cognitive decline and keep them healthy, though more studies are needed in this area.
The University Of Queensland, Australia, in a study, found that visiting art galleries can restore the ability to concentrate or focus and reduce mental fatigue in the same way that the outdoors can do-although the research area wasn’t done in art galleries only, meaning that this research doesn’t need an art gallery particularly.
— Mr. James Thomas (@mrjamesthomas) 26 July 2017
In general, visiting an art gallery is a creativity seeking adventure, which means that it makes or triggers your brain to be open to new ideas. It not only gives people cognitive benefits that are sustainable, but it’s also connected to -openness to experience, which is one of the Big 5 personality traits, it’s the trait that associated with creativity.
Exposing ourselves to artwork, for example in art galleries, is something that has been an integral part, for thousands of years, part of the human experience, the reason being its effects on us. It means that one of the best ways to reduce mental fatigue, improve our cognitive abilities and enhance our creativity is by visiting art galleries.