Girija Kaimal, Kendra Ray, Juan Muniz, ‘Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making’, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07421656.2016.1166832, Taylor & Francis (23 May 2016)
Results indicate that art making resulted in statistically significant lowering of cortisol levels. Participants’ written responses indicated that they found the art-making session to be relaxing, enjoyable, helpful for learning about new aspects of self, freeing from constraints, an evolving process of initial struggle to later resolution, and about flow/losing themselves in the work. They also reflected that the session evoked a desire to make art in the future.
Journal of the American Art Therapy Association Volume 33, 2016 – Issue 2