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:

Attempting to measure the intrinsic value of live music

This research was conducted by Adam Behr, Matt Brennan and Martin Cloonan at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, UK

Summary

This paper examined how various people (particularly concert-goers) articulate the value of live music. The paper looked specifically at six concerts across a range of genres at ...

By | 5 May 2015 |

Reading fiction is related to developing empathic skills

This research was conducted by P. Matthijs Bal and Martijn Veltkamp at VU University Amsterdam and FrieslandCampina, Deventer, The Netherlands

Summary

This study reports two experiments designed to measure changes in readers’ empathic skills over one week by getting participants to read either fiction or non-fiction writing. In the fiction groups ...

By | 11 December 2014 |

Setting the right conditions for community dance

This research was conducted by Jennie Norfield and Sanna Nordin-Bates at the University of Birmingham and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, UK

Summary

This paper looked at what conditions are needed to maximise the positive benefits of community dance by engendering a sense of satisfaction, enjoyment and motivation. The ...

By | 16 April 2014 |

Measuring intrinsic benefits of theatre with the Arts Audience Experience Index

This research was conducted by Jennifer Radbourne, Hilary Glow and Katya Johanson at Deakin University, Australia

Summary

This paper summarises the early development of the Arts Audience Experience Index by researchers and arts organisations in Australia. It is an adaptable tool that can be used to measure the intrinsic impacts of ...

By | 11 April 2014 |

Social interaction in a gallery shapes our reception to art

This research was conducted by Dirk vom Lehn at King's College London, UK

Summary

This paper is primarily about the potential of audio-visual recording as a tool to understand the reactions that people have when encountering art in a museum. But there are useful findings that can help inform our ...

By | 10 April 2014 |

The artistic experience is not created for the consumer, but co-created with them

This research was conducted by Miranda Boorsma at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Summary

This paper charts the theories that have underpinned arts marketing in the last 20 years. It suggests that incorporating contemporary aesthetic philosophy could lead to a radical shift in arts marketing practice. Rather than allowing either ...

By | 20 March 2014 |

Dance classes allow people to test themselves and explore new identities

This research was conducted by Helene M. Lawson at the University of Pittsburgh, USA

Summary

The paper reports the results of in-depth interviews with participants in a tap dance group in Pennsylvania, USA. The interviews suggested that people dance for the following general reasons: keeping fit (both physically and mentally), seeking ...

By | 11 March 2014 |

Theatre allows people to lose themselves for a moment, and find new ways of viewing the world

This research was conducted by Ben Walmsley at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK [Now at the University of Leeds, UK]

Summary

The paper looks at the intrinsic impact of theatre on its audiences. It does so in language used by audiences themselves. The research identified general themes of ‘emotion, captivation, engagement, enrichment ...

By | 9 December 2013 |