Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants' Responses Following Art Making

@inproceedings{Kaimal2016ReductionOC,
  title={Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants' Responses Following Art Making},
  author={Girija Kaimal and Kendra D Ray and Juan A. Muniz},
  booktitle={Art therapy : journal of the American Art Therapy Association},
  year={2016}
}
This quasi-experimental study investigated the impact of visual art making on the cortisol levels of 39 healthy adults. Participants provided saliva samples to assess cortisol levels before and after 45 minutes of art making. Participants also provided written responses about the experience at the end of the session. Results indicate that art making resulted in statistically significant lowering of cortisol levels. Participants' written responses indicated that they found the art-making session… CONTINUE READING

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