On a serious note, dear fans of The Braintenance Blog, observing art -- truly taking the time to examine paintings and other still visual forms of artistic creation -- can and does increase your IQ, as that is conventionally measured.
In the seemingly passive act of observing, we actually call into play numerous elements of spacial reasoning, cause and effect logic (and a search for meaning), identification of multiple symbols, spontaneous re-interpretations of the subject matter on the canvas (or other medium) at which we're looking, eye-mind area stimulation and neuronal connectivity... and numerous others.
It is quite ironic that in the simple act of viewing a painting, so many active excitations of both hemispheres of the brain (working in communication and a kind of cooperative harmony) are taking place.
For more on this topic, please have a look at my other blog, The Daily Dose Of Brilliance, and read the article which follows...then, click on the back arrow and come back to visit with us a bit more. I assure you that you will be captivated by the work of art on display there on my blog's cyberspace wall. You'll react.
Did you know that you can increase your IQ and creative ability just by looking at a work of art? http://bit.ly/IQview
Numerous studies in Europe, while not thoroughly conclusive, have scientists believing that viewing art can also have the following salubrious advantages:
- increasing neuronal plasticity;
- increasing communication and coordination between the two hemispheres for improved creativity, abstract reasoning, spacial visualization and other wonderful things;
- delaying the onset of senile dementia and possibly Alzheimer's Disease;
- improving our own inherent ability to create art;
- improving motor skills!
Thank you, as always, for reading me... and for stretching your mind a bit further every time that we're together.
Douglas E. Castle