Date of Award
Spring April 2016
Master of Arts
Marital and Family Therapy
School or College
College of Communication and Fine Arts
This research aimed to illuminate the connections between art therapy and neuroscience by using qualitative research methods. Two art therapists and a psychologist with neuroscience backgrounds were interviewed. Analyzing artwork made by the researcher and results of the interviews allowed for themes to emerge: connection, perspective, desire for understanding and being trapped in time. The researcher’s further inquiry into these emergent themes allowed for the idea of the creative spirit to present itself as a basic human need which has existed since the beginning of time. Using this newfound perspective the researcher has embraced the importance of creating an art therapy model that focuses on a holistic approach to life-long wellness which uses creative expression as a means for understanding, connection, and healing.
Bednash, Ceccily J., "Art Therapy and Neuroscience: A Model for Wellness" (2016). LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations. 297.