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Viewing art at work reduces stress

Research undertaken by University of South Australia Artist and researcher Bridgette Minuzzo has revealed that including artwork in the workplace can reduce stress and mental fatigue in workers. Working with a neuroscientist, Bridgette’s study tested mental wellbeing of 91 people across 18 work sites where there were no windows or direct views of nature, to explore whether locating a realistic artistic representation of nature affected mental wellbeing.

Existing research shows that experiencing nature through a window reduces stress and Bridgette’s research confirmed that similar benefits can result from viewing a realistic artistic representation of nature.

She said: “Engaging with art is restorative, visually stimulating, can foster creative thinking and also helps our work weary brains, so the next thing is to acknowledge that art is not a decorative distraction, it’s actually good for our brains.”

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