Conducting Art Therapy Research Using Quantitative EEG Measures

Christopher M. Belkofer, Lukasz M. Konopka
2008 Art Therapy  
This study presents a modified, single subject design that measured the patterns of electrical activity of a participant's brain following an hour spent painting and drawing. Paired t tests were used to compare pre and post art-making electroencephalograph (EEG) data. The results indicated that neurobiological activity after drawing and painting was statistically different (p < .05) from activity measured at a state of rest. In general, the higher frequency bands (alpha and beta) were
more » ... zed by increases in brain activity, whereas the lower frequency bands (delta and theta) showed decreases. This study suggests that the EEG is a useful and innovative tool for conducting art therapy research.
doi:10.1080/07421656.2008.10129412 fatcat:cjln5ncz3zhstjol7ev4454puq