May 10, 2011

art makes you feel good

Across the wire comes news that scientists have found that art makes you feel good.

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.

Awww. So sweet. I think we should have some Clown Torture to celebrate.

Feel better? You're welcome!