Does Art Expand Cognitive Ability?

Yesterday I sat down on the couch and flipped on PBS, fully expecting either a cooking show or something like “This Old House” but to my surprise it was an hour special on the effects of the Arts on culture, learning, and society as a whole.

The program was called “Arts and the Mind”.  A multitude of stories, scientific outcomes, and generally amazing information about how Art impacts us.

What was one of the big take aways for me?  The idea that the practice of art expands our cognative ability… And research tells us that when we are involved in the arts we are significantly less likely to develop aging brain issues like Alzheimers.  Wow, i love that.

If you have a chance, watch this video… and tell me what you think: