Shaping Open Minds, 2nd Edition (2018)
'Shaping Open Minds' explores the brain dynamics of perception, communication and the experience of visual art. Written for a broad audience and illustrated by striking drawings it offers insight into how we make sense of the world. While it's easy to understand how verbal languages differ across cultures, we are far less aware how cultural and social context also influences the way we perceive things. Arts-based learning with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) connects what we see to what we think and communicate and opens up our minds to different perspectives. Based on an extensive review of neuroimaging research, the case is made how VTS engages our brains in a way that benefits both cognitive development and social wellbeing.
Written for a broad audience and accompanied by striking drawings, Shaping Open Minds explores how the arts-based learning method Visual Thinking Strategies engages the social brain networks, facilitating complex meaning making and creative thought processes.
Shaping Open Minds is available as Magazine ($15 + shipping) and e-Book ($10).