Intrinsic impacts of arts and culture

The intrinsic impacts of arts and culture relate to the ways in which people are affected by these phenomena. The sort of intrinsic impacts found in this section include the feeling of escape from daily life, being made to think afresh about the world, or perhaps enjoying a moment of self-reflection.

The summaries in this category are:

How book groups talk about fictional characters as if they were real people

This research was conducted by Alexander Laffer at the University of Birmingham

Summary

This paper describes a study of five different book groups as they discussed the actions of characters from the novel The Other Hand by Chris Cleave. Participants tended to talk about the characters as if they were real …

The different audience responses to Shakespeare staged in a women’s prison

This research was conducted by Matthew Reason at York St John University

Summary

This paper analysed the responses of women prisoners to a staging of The Tempest. The author identified ‘moments of identification, where the women found direct resonance and self- recognition’ with the characters and experiences in the play. The …

How people make and transform memory through art

This research was conducted by Anna Reading at King’s College London

Summary

This paper is about how memories are transformed through the production and interpretation of art objects, specifically examining a participatory ceramics project called ‘Moving Hearts’, which explored the topic of migration. By reviewing all the documentation and artwork …

The dynamics that determine cover versions in recorded western music

This research as conducted by José Luis Ortega at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

Summary

This paper attempted to understand which songs, artists and genres of music were most covered (and who did the most covering). The research built a database of recorded music throughout the 20th century. The …

The impact of jazz festivals

This research was conducted by Emma Webster and George McKay at the University of East Anglia

Summary

The UK is home to an estimated 200 jazz festivals. In an assessment of the literature around these diverse events, this research highlights their manifold impacts: from catalysing economic growth through to expanding social …

By | 26 March 2018 |

The impact of dance and music training on our brains

This research was conducted by Chiara Giacosa and four others at the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Summary

Dance and music are universal forms of human expression that have common and distinct features. Dance engages the whole body and requires the integration of visual, auditory and motor information. Music engages specific parts …

By | 19 March 2018 |

The emotional power of poetry and its impact on our brains

This research was conducted by Eugen Wassiliwizky, Valentin WagnerStefan Koelsch, and Winfried Menninghaus at Frankfurt am Main, and Thomas Jacobson at Helmut Schmidt University, Germany.

Summary

It is widely accepted that music can engage us, triggering emotional responses such us “chills” and “goosebumps”. In this study, scientists demonstrated that recited …

By | 1 February 2018 |

Musicians react faster than non-musicians

This research was conducted by Simon P. Landry and François Champoux at the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Summary

This study aimed to investigate whether long-term musical training improves unisensory (audio or tactile) and multisensory (audio and tactile) processing capacities. It found that musical training improves ability for both single and multiple …

By | 3 July 2017 |

Dance as a form of emotion-sensitivity training

This research was conducted by Julia F. Christensen, Antoni Gomila, Sebastian B. Gaigg, Nithura Sivarajah and Beatriz Calvo-Merino at City University London and University of the Balearic Islands

Summary

Expertise in the arts is known to be associated with changes in the structure and function of the brain, leading artists to …

By | 30 January 2017 |

The different effects of group singing on middle-class and marginalised people

This research was conducted by Betty A. Bailey and Jane W. Davidson at the University of Sheffield, UK

Summary

Singing in a group can bring profound positive emotional results, though the exact nature of the benefits may vary with the singer’s background. This study examined the experiences of Canadian singing …

By | 4 July 2016 |