Brain painting works a lot like its name suggests. The discipline itself is a relatively new art form that uses well-established medical and scientific technology to create pictures of brain activity. But, outside of the quite understandable novelty value of possessing a picture of one’s own brain in action, is brain painting actually useful? The research to date suggests brain painting is highly useful and in many more ways than were originally anticipated.
In this post, learn 3 things about brain painting that you didn’t know.
Fact 1: Brain painting can serve as an alternative to meditation.
Not everyone digs sitting for hours at a time engaged in hand-to-hand combat with their own mind. Ours is not a culture where relaxation and letting go comes easily, which means that for some, the stress reduction meditation can provide is literally off limits.
Enter brain painting. Sometimes called “meditation on steroids,” this neurofeedback-based technique can help people learn to relax without having to coach the brain through instructions given through the mind. With brain painting, your brain has the opportunity to learn from itself and adjust its own activity towards a more favorable outcome.
Fact 2: Brain paintings are inspiring new collaborations between art and science.
At long last, it seems the left brained analytic types and the right brained creative types have found a way to meet in the middle through brain painting.
Each is able to instruct and inspire the other to find new applications for their respective disciplines and beyond. For example, brain painting offers a new type of creative outlet to the recovery community, which has long used “art therapy” as a therapeutic tool to communicate what is less easy to speak in words. But now there is potential through brain painting to access the individual’s brain directly and hear – or see – what it has to say!
“Grounded in neurotherapy, a now well-known therapeutic tool for pain management, reduction in depression and anxiety, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), anger management and other issues, brain painting also has additional therapeutic appeal in a variety of fields,” said Braintone Art Events. There are many different neurotherapy approaches that can be beneficial for different health and behavioral issues. When tied together with brain painting, treatment outcomes have the potential to greatly improve.
Fact 3: You can buy other people’s brain paintings – or your own.
In addition to the many intriguing possibilities brain painting presents for science, technology, health, wellness and performance, brain paintings are also a product in their own right. You can purchase the brain paintings of others or purchase a painting made by your own brain.
As well, for certain individuals suffering from degenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) who are no longer able to physically move about, brain painting provides a tool for not just creative expression but also communication. At this time, researchers are continuing to test and refine a new type of brain-computer interface to expand the communication and creative potential of brain painting for individuals with special medical or health needs for such a tool.
Finally, with brain painting it is no longer possible to so sharply categorize some individuals as “creative” and other individuals as “non-creative.” It turns out that all brains are creative and capable of creating unique art pieces that are truly one of a kind. For individuals who want to train their brains in more formal art instruction, the technology can also teach the brain to control a cursor and keyboard to draw specific objects and shapes.
First introduced by researchers from Germany in 2010, brain painting has been available to the general public since 2012 in a variety of formats. As more uses are discovered for this powerful combination of neurotherapy and brain painting, more organizations have begun incorporating this new creative technology into education, healthcare, science, art and other fields.