Looking at great art is as pleasurable as looking at a loved one.
No I didn’t make that up, that’s the findings from new research by a neuroaesthetics team at University College London.
Apparently when we look at art, irrespective of genre, there is strong activity in the part of the brain related to pleasure. The blood flow increases for a beautiful painting just as it increases when we look at loved one.
Those involved in the study were chosen for having little prior knowledge of art, so they would not be influenced by currrent trends in the art market.
The study is being seized upon as proof of the need for art to be made as widely available to the general public as possible. Well you certainly won’t find me disagreeing with that suggestion.
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So next time you’re feeling down, check out those art websites. You’ll be feeling better in no time.