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When you’re looking at art, you’re basically putting your brain in front of a puzzle.
Unlike math, there is no wrong or right answer.
Just a number of possible interpretations, that can vary a lot based on who is looking at that piece, what mood they’re in, their past experiences that shaped their world view, and so on…
This sort of brain puzzle encourages different parts of your brain to communicate with each other, creating new connections between neurons. This results in increased resilience against aging and aging-related diseases.
An experiment led by Professor Semir Zeki at University College London, wanted to measure how our brain behaves when looking at paintings.
Here’s what they found: “When you look at art – whether it is a landscape, a still life, an abstract or a portrait – there is strong activity in that part of the brain related to pleasure.
[...]We put people in a scanner and showed them a series of paintings every ten seconds. We then measured the change in blood flow in one part of the brain. The reaction was immediate. What we found was the increase in blood flow was in proportion to how much the painting was liked.
The blood flow increased for a beautiful painting just as it increases when you look at somebody you love. It tells us art induces a feel good sensation direct to the brain."
This is a long known fact but seeing the scientific data makes it even more interesting.
Many hospitals have adopted programs that bring art in their spaces to improve the quality of their patience’ stay as well as staff satisfaction. The same can be noticed for corporations who spend big money on art for their main entrance, conference rooms, socialising areas, etc.
Companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, really understand the positive impact that the art displayed in their offices has on their employees creativity.