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Susan Magsamen on the How the Arts Transform Our Lives

On Passion Struck, I am joined by Susan Magsamen, the founder of the International Arts + Mind Lab and co-founder of NeuroArts BluePrint. Our conversation revolves around her recently published book, “Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us,” which explores the latest scientific research that highlights the inherent human capacity to create and appreciate art and how it has the potential to bring about transformative changes in our lives.

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Arts have not been valued as a have-to-have by policymakers, funders, or civic leaders. They’re seen as enhancements or things that you do when you have spare time, as opposed to integrating the arts within every moment of your life.

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In This Episode, Susan Magsamen And I Discuss His Book: “Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us”

The arts are often perceived as just a form of entertainment, a luxury item. However, according to today’s guest Susan Magsamen, the arts play a crucial role in our lives. Susan sheds light on the emerging scientific evidence supporting the idea that art is a fundamental component of our evolutionary heritage. Artists have long recognized this, and now researchers are confirming that art, in all its diverse forms, has the potential to enhance our physical and mental well-being, promote learning and personal growth, and foster stronger and more vibrant communities.

We are at the forefront of a change in cultural attitudes where the arts can provide powerful, accessible, and scientifically-backed solutions for our overall well-being.

Listen and learn as Susan Magsamen and I discuss the following topics:

  • Participating in an art activity for just 45 minutes can reduce cortisol levels, regardless of artistic abilities.
  • Engaging in one art experience a month can extend one’s life by a decade.
  • We delve into how playing music develops cognitive abilities and improves learning.
  • How the vibrations from a tuning fork create sound waves to combat stress,
  • How virtual reality can offer innovative therapeutic benefits,
  • How interactive exhibitions blur the lines between art and viewer, engaging all of our senses and boosting memory. Doctors are even prescribing visits to museums to address loneliness, dementia, and various physical and mental health issues.
  • And much, much more!
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More From My Conversation With Susan Magsamen

During our conversation, I asked Susan what some surprising examples of aesthetic experiences are that many people have access to yet might not even realize.

Your Brain on Art by Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross for the Passion Struck recommended books

Susan Magsamen explains, “That’s such a great question. I think we sometimes become so transactional that we forget there’s so much aesthetic life around us. And one of the things that we talk about in the book is just imagine a day when you were opened up to the possibilities of your sensorial systems bringing the world in.

And there’s research done by a woman named Dr. Girija Kaimal at Drexel University, where she was able to show that you don’t have to be good at an art form. You don’t have to be talented for it to have a significant impact.

And I love that because I think it frees us to Just Dance in our living rooms, to be able to sing at the top of our voices in the car, to be able to hum in the shower, or to be able to draw without feeling that you’re not, “talented.”

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About Today’s Guest, Susan Magsamen

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Susan Magsamen is the Founder and Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics at the Pedersen Brain Science Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she is a faculty member in the department of neurology. She is also the Co-Director of the NeuroArts Blueprint with Aspen Institute. She is the co-author with Ivy Ross of the new book “Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform us.”

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John is the host of the top-ranked Passion Struck Podcast. The show focused on exploring the mindset and philosophy of the world’s most inspiring people to learn their lessons to living intentionally. Passion Struck aspires to speak to the humanity of people in a way that makes them want to live better, be better, and impact.

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