Why our brains love arts and crafts: Implications of creative practices on psychophysical well-being

Minna Huotilainen, Mimmu Rankanen, Camilla Groth, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Maarit Mäkelä

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Abstract

Art and craft practitioners have personal experience of the benefits of making: the handling of material can help to regulate our mental states through providing a means to reach flow states. The mirror neuron system helps in skill learning, and the plasticity of the brain ensures that skills may be learned at all stages of life. Arts and crafts play a role in controlling stress and enhancing relaxation. They also enable us to fail safely and handle our emotions. Furthermore, they facilitate social activity for many individuals who are at risk of social isolation. This article aims to integrate knowledge from both the field of neuroscience and the arts by focusing on the implications that flow experience and the mirror neuron system integral to making processes have on our psychophysical well-being.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFORMakademisk
Volume11
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
ISSN1890-9515
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • art
  • craft
  • creative activity
  • WELL-BEING
  • brain
  • flow
  • 515 Psychology
  • 6132 Visual arts and design

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Why our brains love arts and crafts: Implications of creative practices on psychophysical well-being. / Huotilainen, Minna; Rankanen, Mimmu; Groth, Camilla; Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Pirita; Mäkelä, Maarit.

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