Just published; “Your Brain on Art: How art transforms us” written by Susan Magsamen, Executive Director, International Arts + Mind Lab, at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and Ivy Ross, VP of design for hardware at Google, dives into new scientific knowledge about how the arts transform us in so many ways, and is an invitation to make and behold through music, sound, visual arts, dance, architecture, writing, poetry, digital arts, theater, and immersive arts, to name a few.

They write: “Someone who excels in creating nature-infused spaces is the architect Tye Farrow. Based in Toronto, Canada, Tye is one of the world’s most prominent practitioners of, and advocates for, human-built environments that enrich our lives through neuroarts choices.

Tye has identified seven architectural elements, what he calls the “super vitamins of enriched environments, that help us to be healthier and more in sync with our surroundings, and several of these are pulled directly from nature: natural light, natural materials, and structures reminiscent of natural shapes.

He uses evidence-based design, which draws upon scientific research, for his projects. And science shows that environments with these nature-inspired elements can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension, among other things. Environments that effectively use natural elements like this are shown to reduce anxiety and increase emotional resilience and a sense of well-being, and it means that we are biologically primed to function better inside of them.”

It can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Brain-Art-Arts-Transform-ebook/dp/B0B4QZ5V7R