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Researchers to Study Why Music, Art Therapy Benefits Mental Health Patients


Researchers to Study Why Music, Art Therapy Benefits Mental Health Patients
The National Endowment for the Arts is sponsoring an arts therapy initiative known as Creative Forces in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. Art therapies are increasingly being used to treat various brain conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, most of these therapies, ranging from poetry to music to visual arts, haven’t undergone exhaustive scientific testing.
Brain researchers and artists have started an initiative called the NeuroArts Blueprint to conduct research into this. The initiative is the result of collaboration between the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine and Society Program, and the Johns Hopkins International Arts + Mind Lab Center. Its leadership includes Friedman Brain Institute at Mt. Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine director Dr. Eric Nestler, playwright…
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