Does Art Education Make People Smarter?

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Learning, Arts, and the Brain is the result of research by cognitive neuroscientists from seven top U.S. universities. Among it’s findings:

  • An interest in a performing art leads to a high state of motivation that produces the sustained attention necessary to improve performance and the training of attention that leads to improvement in other domains of cognition.
  • Training in acting appears to lead to memory improvement through the learning of general skills for manipulating semantic information.
  • Adult self-reported interest in aesthetics is related to a temperamental factor of openness, which in turn is influenced by dopamine-related genes.

Does Art Education Make People Smarter? Scientific Blogging 3/4/08

Posted by Chris

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