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Why our brains love arts and crafts implications of creative practices on psychophysical well-being

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Huotilainen, Minna
dc.contributor.author Rankanen, Mimmu
dc.contributor.author Groth, Camilla
dc.contributor.author Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Pirita
dc.contributor.author Mäkelä, Maarit
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-09T13:08:20Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-09T13:08:20Z
dc.date.issued 2018-10-08
dc.identifier.citation Huotilainen , M , Rankanen , M , Groth , C , Seitamaa-Hakkarainen , P & Mäkelä , M 2018 , ' Why our brains love arts and crafts implications of creative practices on psychophysical well-being ' , FormAkademisk , vol. 11 , no. 2 . https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.1908 en
dc.identifier.issn 1890-9515
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dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/34653
dc.description.abstract This article aims to integrate knowledge from the field of cognitive neuroscience and the arts by focusing on the implications that flow experience and the mirror neuron system integral to making processes have for our psychophysical well-being. Art and craft practitioners have personal experience of the benefits of making. We propose that the handling of material can help to regulate our mental states by providing a means to reach flow states. Furthermore, it seems that arts and crafts play an important role in controlling stress and enhancing relaxation. They enable us to fail safely and handle our associated emotions. It has also been proposed that the mirror neuron system helps in skill learning, and the plasticity of the brain ensures that skills may be learned at all stages of life. Finally, art and craft facilitate social activity for many individuals who are at risk of social isolation. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries FormAkademisk en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 11, issue 2 en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.title Why our brains love arts and crafts implications of creative practices on psychophysical well-being en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department University of Helsinki
dc.contributor.department Department of Art
dc.contributor.department Department of Design
dc.subject.keyword Art
dc.subject.keyword Brain
dc.subject.keyword Craft
dc.subject.keyword Creative activity
dc.subject.keyword Flow
dc.subject.keyword Well-being
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201811095694
dc.identifier.doi 10.7577/formakademisk.1908
dc.type.version publishedVersion

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