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The Significant Impact of Fine Arts on Brain Development

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Source: Collegiate Times

Research indicates that fine arts education has “overwhelming benefits, especially in the formative years” of children, critically impacting brain development.

Artistic experiences impact brain development, especially the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain responsible for higher-order thinking and motor skills. A visual of these impacts is mapped out and currently displayed at the Minnesota Museum.

Students who receive an education in the arts tend to have higher skills in forming constructive criticisms, comparisons, and analyzing alternative viewpoints; develop better brain structures in memory, learning and attention; develop fine motor skills; and demonstrate better language development.

Cognitive neuroscience has discovered that fine arts education impacts emotional and social development in children and adults.

Read full story at: Collegiate Times

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