The impact of viewing and making art on verbal fluency and memory in people with dementia in an art gallery setting
Young, R., Tischler, V., Hulbert, S. and Camic, P. 2015. The impact of viewing and making art on verbal fluency and memory in people with dementia in an art gallery setting. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.
|Authors||Young, R., Tischler, V., Hulbert, S. and Camic, P.|
Dementia is a progressive disease characterized by a widespread impairment of mental functioning including cognitive skills. Research has suggested that the arts can have positive effects in terms of physical and mental health for people with a dementia. The present study sought to identify the impact of art-making and art-viewing activities, within the context of a publicly accessible art gallery, on verbal fluency and memory. Thirteen participants diagnosed with early to mid-stage dementia participated, along with their caregivers, in 8-week long art-viewing and art-making groups at an art gallery in the United Kingdom. Audio recordings of sessions were transcribed and analysed using quantitative content analysis. Findings suggested that the interventions described did not negatively affect cognitive ability in the dimensions measured and the data hints that improvements are possible. The results provide support for further controlled studies examining the impact of visual art, aesthetics, and art gallery-based programmes on cognition in people with dementia. Further research is required to address the methodological limitations presented in the current study.
|Keywords||Visual arts; dementia; cognition; language; art gallery; aesthetics|
|Journal||Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts|
|Publisher||American Psychological Association|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1037/aca0000030|
|07 Sep 2015|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||14 Aug 2015|
|Accepted||21 Jul 2015|
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