More About Art and Health

Researchers from Italy’s University of Bari have announced that looking at art may help ease pain. Twelve healthy subjects were inflicted with a strong stinging pain while looking at works of art that they had previously seen and given a rating of beautiful, neutral, or ugly. Perceived pain was reported to be one-third less intense when subjects looked at art rated as beautiful. On the other hand, the pain was reported as more intense when the subjects rated the art they were looking at as ugly.

Coming to the Carter may ease your physical pain and it won’t cause pain to your wallet either. All exhibitions are free all the time!


What a fascinating study. In particular, I find interesting the part about there being no relief in contemplating the "ugly" art.

The ramifications for everyday people and how we should live could really go a long way, if you think about it.

If you could just correct that "anonymous" to "Sonja" above. I had quite a bit of trouble with the comments form ... thanks.

One of the fringe benefits of working in a place with "beautiful" art is taking a few minutes during the day when my resources are depleted and walking through the galleries. Better than a cup of coffee!

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