The most enjoyable part of abstract art could also be the most useful.
A new study out of Columbia University suggests that abstract art can literally change your state of mind.
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"Something as fluid as enjoying art has demonstrable and measurable effects on how our mind works.”
— Daphna Shohamy, a study co-author and associate professor of Psychology at Columbia University
Now experience it for yourself...
These paintings have recognizable objects.
Credit: Clyfford Still Museum.
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People were asked if they would place each painting in an exhibition happening "tomorrow" or "in a year."
They also indicated if they'd put it in a gallery "around the block" or in another state
The more abstract the painting, the more likely it was that people would place it in a gallery in another state or in an opening a year from now.
That indicates that the paintings triggered a sense of "psychological distance."
When we think of psychologically distant events, we focus on large concepts, like having fun at that picnic rather than small details, like when it will happen.
It may help us see those bigger ideas and concepts.
Find out more about how art abstract art affects the mind here.