Throughout the course of history, humanity has used the power of art as a profound tool for self-expression, communication, and connection. Whether it be the culinary arts, painting, gardening, dancing, or writing, art takes on many different forms. And now, research shows that channeling our energy into art can also nourish personal growth and extend our life spans.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru and Susan Magsamen discuss how we can use art to transform our neurocircuitry and help heal our bodies and minds. Dhru and Susan also delve into the indispensable role art plays in shaping our culture, shedding light on the consequences of neglecting it while also highlighting what’s possible when we dedicate time to art as a medium for connecting with ourselves and the outside world.
Susan Magsamen is the founder and director of the International Arts + Mind Lab Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is also a faculty member in the Department of Neurology and the codirector of the NeuroArts Blueprint with the Aspen Institute.
Susan cowrote the book Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us with Ivy Ross. In the book, Magsamen and Ross offer compelling research that shows how engaging in an art project—from painting and dancing to expressive writing, architecture, and more—for as little as 45 minutes reduces the stress hormone cortisol, no matter your skill level, and just one art experience per month can extend your life by 10 years.
Your Brain on Art is an authoritative guide to how neuroaesthetics can help us transform traditional medicine, build healthier communities, and mend an aching planet. The book weaves a tapestry of breakthrough research, insights from multidisciplinary pioneers, and compelling stories from people who are using the arts to enhance their lives.
Also mentioned in this episode:
- Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us
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