Making Art Boosts Seniors’ Psychological Resilience

A research team led by neurologists Anne Bolwerk and Christian Maihofner reports “the production of visual art improves effective interaction” between certain regions of the brain.

What’s more, this improvement in brain function—found in a small group of new retirees who took a class in which they created paintings and drawings—was matched by self-reports of strengthened psychological resilience.

Creating art could delay or negate age-related decline in these brain functions.

“Our results have important implications for preventative and therapeutic interventions,” the researchers write in the online journal PLoS One. See the original study.

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