The Power of Visual Art to Drive Brain Plasticity for Learning, Memory & Rehabilitation

October 24, 2020, 2:00 pm

3:00 pm

People have been drawing and painting since the dawn of civilization. What role has this played in people’s ability to learn and develop their thinking processes? How can we harness art’s power to enhance learning and memory at school and beyond? I have developed and scientifically investigated over the past 10 years a unique kind of drawing-based training – the Cognitive-Kinesthetic Learning Method. I’ll show how this rapid – and fun! – training in drawing-from-memory of scientific and artistic materials powerfully facilitates learning and memory across a wide variety of domains, including STEM education, and even blindness rehabilitation. Brain imaging results will be presented revealing how this art-based method changes the brain to drive these improvements across the whole lifespan.

Presenter Lora Likova, Ph.D. will be available for discussion after the talk. A brief interactive demo will be included. To get the most out of this event, you should have paper and pencil ready to do some drawing and writing.


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Scientific, technical and administrative staff work together at Smith-Kettlewell to: increase our understanding of normal vision, discover new ways to support vision disorders, develop new diagnostic procedures and treatments for visual and other sensory disorders, and produce innovative techniques for aid and rehabilitation of the blind and partially sighted.