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Seeing through New Eyes: An Experimental Investigation of the Benefits of Photography
Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences
This study examined the affective and cognitive benefits of taking photographs of one's everyday surroundings. Thirty-eight undergraduate participants were randomly assigned to either take photographs in a mindful, creative way; take photographs in a neutral, factual way; or do a count-your-blessings writing exercise, an activity that is known to reliably increase mood  . Planned contrasts revealed that those taking mindful, creative photographs were, on average, in a significantly betterdoi:10.6000/1927-5129.2015.11.51 fatcat:lz5buza2hnhjpl36p5rrzev2um