Can creative therapies help with neurodegenerative diseases, such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease? Neurobiologist Dr. Radwa Khalil of Constructor University in Bremen and Prof. Vida Demarin, former director of the International Institute for Brain Health in Zagreb, Croatia, have recently published an article in the journal CNS & Therapeutics, presenting their results addressing this question.
The concept of "brain plasticity," pertains to modifications in the neural pathways of the brain and refers to the changes that usually arise in response to various factors, such as training-induced behavioral alterations and physiological processes like maturation or brain injuries. Khalil and Demarin are researching how to improve plasticity through creative therapies related to neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke and Alzheimer's disease. In their article "Creative therapy in health and disease: Inner vision", now published in the journal CNS & Therapeutics, the authors deal with creative therapeutic approaches such as painting, music, sport, and dance. "Creativity is more than creating novel, surprising, and useful solutions," Khalil pointed out. "The neuroscientific approach to examining the relationship between creativity and health is frequently disregarded. Creative therapy can help patients compensate for their cognitive impairments by expressing their hidden talents."
At the same time, the authors identify a number of central questions that require further research. "Despite the current development in the research on the neuroscience of creativity, it is still in the shadow compared to other research domains. Progress in this research domain demands further empirical studies," said Khalil.
Image: Graphic depiction showing how three creative domains—musical, visuospatial, and kinesthetic—affect brain plasticity in individuals who have suffered brain injuries. (Source: Khalil/Constructor University)
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