Keyword: USA

Prolonged arts education reduces stress in children from low-income households

This research was conducted by Eleanor D. Brown, Mallory L. Garnett, and Kate E. Anderson at West Chester University and Jean-Philippe Laurenceau at the University of Delaware, USA.

Summary

Children growing up in deprived households are known to experience higher levels of physiological stress, which in turn results in a range …

By | 19 February 2018 |

How people acquire new tastes in music

This research was conducted by Alessandra Lembo at the University of Chicago, USA.

Summary

Honky Tonk Night Happy Hour is a hard country music club night at small venue in a large mid-western US city. The study took place over 15 months via a combination of observation and life history interviews …

By | 7 August 2017 |

The effects of music training on hearing in children

This research was conducted by Asal Habibi, B. Rael Cahn, Antonio Damasio and Hanna Damasio at the University of Southern California, USA.

Summary

This study found that children engaged in music training had an enhanced ability to detect changes in pitch and to process sounds, compared with children who were not …

By | 3 August 2017 |

Men tend to be perceived as creative more often than women

This research was conducted by Devon Proudfoot, Aaron C. Kay and Christy Z. Koval at Duke University, USA.

Summary

Even when producing identical outputs, men are perceived as more creative than women, and ‘outside-the-box’ creative thinking is associated with stereotypically masculine characteristics. The study provides a statistical analysis of reactions to …

By | 31 July 2017 |

How a school museum visit helps create cultural equality

This research was conducted by Brian Kisida, Jay P. Greene and Daniel H. Bowen at the University of Arkansas and the University of Houston, USA.

Summary

Cultural capital comprises the set non-economic resources that are at one’s disposal through life (things like language and accent, dress sense, etc) and that …

By | 24 July 2017 |

How learning visual art improves creativity and changes the brain

This research was conducted by Alexander Schlegel and eight others at Dartmouth College, USA and Beijing Normal University, China.

Summary

This study investigated the impact of visual art training on young adults’ behaviour and changes in brain activity. A group of undergraduate students who were given introductory painting or drawing lessons …

By | 17 July 2017 |

How weather affects a movie’s box office performance

This research was conducted by Duncan Sheppard Gilchrist and Emily Glassberg Sands.

Summary

This study looked at the impact of weather on movie going and opening weekend sales. The study used national ticket sales data and nationally aggregated weather measures. Overall, it found that unseasonable weather (too hot or too cold …

By | 19 June 2017 |

How commercial music festivals balance their budgets

This research was conducted by R. Scott Hiller at Fairfield University, USA

Summary

This paper investigates how four large commercial festivals (Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lollapalooza) make their production decisions in order to keep costs low and quality high. The paper found that known quality is important, but so …

By | 23 February 2017 |

Making art can help reduce stress

This research was conducted by Girija Kaimal, Kendra Ray and Juan Muniz at Drexel University, USA

Summary

A small number of studies have indicated that making art reduces stress. This is the first study to investigate the effects of visual self-expression on stress levels in healthy adults, in a format similar …

By | 13 February 2017 |

Explaining the decline in music sales due to file-sharing

This research was conducted by Stan J. Liebowitz at the University of Texas-Dallas, USA

Summary

This paper brings together about a dozen studies that have charted the effect of file-sharing on sales of recorded music (and the revenue derived from those sales). It finds that prior to the dawn of streaming …

By | 28 July 2016 |