Visual Art and Brain Plasticity: Assessing Functional and Structural Changes in the Brain After Sustained Training in Observational Drawing is an ongoing interdisciplinary pilot study conducted by Barb Bondy, Professor of Art, Department of Art & Art History and Dr. Jeffrey Katz, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology with Dr. Martha Forloines and Lily Strassberg.


Initiated in 2015, this pilot study is based on an integration of perspectives across disciplines and aims to expand on previous studies. It involves a collaboration among individuals with expertise in fine art, cognitive sciences (learning and memory), and neuroscience to investigate cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the impact of learning to draw. 


The research team combines art training and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to investigate the behavioral and neural changes (brain plasticity) behind students learning to draw in an introductory drawing course with an emphasis on observational drawing offered in the Department of Art & Art History at Auburn University.


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