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Brain and Art

From Aesthetics to Therapeutics

Editors: Colombo, Bruno (Ed.)

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  • Provides an extensive overview of art therapy.
  • Deals with specific art expressions (such as dance, cinema and ceroplastic) and neurological correlations.
  • Specifically focuses on art-based therapy (used to encourage self-understanding, assist in emotional insight and facilitate art activities) 
  • Explains the effectiveness of this form of intervention in connection with neurological diseases.
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About this book

This book analyzes and discusses in detail art therapy, a specific tool used to sustain health in affective developments, rehabilitation, motor skills and cognitive functions. Art therapy is based on the assumption that the process of making art (music, dance, painting) sparks emotions and enhances brain activity. Art therapy is used to encourage personal growth, facilitate particular brain areas or activity patterns, and improve neural connectivity. Treating neurological diseases using artistic strategies offers us a unique option for engaging brain structural networks that enhance the brain’s ability to form new connections. Based on brain plasticity, art therapy has the potential to increase our repertoire for treating neurological diseases. Neural substrates are the basis of complex emotions relative to art experiences, and involve a widespread activation of cognitive and motor systems. Accordingly, art therapy has the capacity to modulate behavior, cognition, attention and movement. In this context, art therapy can offer effective tools for improving general well-being, quality of life and motivation in connection with neurological diseases.

The book discusses art therapy as a potential group of techniques for the treatment of neurological disturbances and approaches the relationship between humanistic disciplines and neurology from a holistic perspective, reflecting the growing interest in this interconnection.

About the authors

Dr. Bruno Colombo, Head of the Headache Center, University Vita-Salute, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan (Italy), has been Coordinator of the Headache and Migraine Centers at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan since 2008, having previously worked as a neurologist at the same facility and as a clinical assistant and research worker at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and St. Bartholomew’s College of Medicine, London, UK. He is a Temporary Professor of Neurology at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan; furthermore, he has played a major role in the field of headache and migraine research, being co-founder of ANIRCEF (the Italian Neurological Society for the Study of Headaches). Founder of the Italian Headache Foundation (FICEF), he is the author or co-author of more than 150 publications and his interests include brain functional activity in headaches, vestibular migraines, and art and neurology.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-23580-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-23579-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Brain and Art
Book Subtitle
From Aesthetics to Therapeutics
Editors
  • Bruno Colombo
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23580-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23580-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23579-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 182
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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