How Researchers Changed the World

Girija Kaimal: How art therapy can reduce stress and support mental health

July 02, 2019 Season 1 Episode 5
How Researchers Changed the World
Girija Kaimal: How art therapy can reduce stress and support mental health
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How Researchers Changed the World
Girija Kaimal: How art therapy can reduce stress and support mental health
Jul 02, 2019 Season 1 Episode 5
Girija Kaimal
Girija Kaimal discusses her research, which shows that as little as 45 minutes of artistic self-expression can significantly reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Show Notes

Girija Kaimal is an art therapist, and currently Assistant Professor at Drexel University. In this episode she discusses her ground-breaking research, which shows that as little as 45 minutes of artistic self-expression can significantly reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Specifically, the episode focuses on Girija Kaimal's 2016 research paper: 'Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants' Responses Following Art Making'. The paper investigates how collaging, drawing, or clay modelling can reduce the cortisol levels (a stress hormone) of healthy adults.

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