Arts and Brain Research

Learning, Arts and the Brain from The Dana Foundation

Forgeard, M., Winner, E., Norton, A.C., & Schlaug, G. (2008). Practicing a musical instrument in childhood is associated with enhanced verbal ability and nonverbal reasoning. PLoS ONE , 3(10):e3566. Download PDF.

Forgeard, M., Schlaug, G., Norton, A., & Winner, E. (2008). The relationship between music and phonological processing in normal-reading and dyslexic children. Music Perception, 25(4): 383-390. Download PDF.

Hyde, K., Lerch, J., Norton, A.C., Forgeard, M., Winner, E., Evans, A., & Schlaug (2009). Music training shapes structural brain development. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(10):3019-3025. Download PDF.

Arts Education

Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning - includes:
  • Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: Creative Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theater Arts
  • Imaginative Actuality: Learning in the Arts During the Non School Hours
  • Learning In and Through the Arts: Curriculum Implications
  • Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education: Summary Evaluation
  • Artistic Talent Development for Urban Youth: The Promise and Challenge
  • "Stand and Unfold Yourself": A Monograph on the Shakespeare & Company Research Study
  • Why the Arts Matter in Education: Or Just What Do Children Learn When They Create an Opera

Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development

Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

Wallace Foundation - Increasing Arts Demand Through Better Arts Learning

Wallace Foundation - The Qualities of Quality

What Can Education Learn from the Arts about the Practice of Education?

Catterall, James S. (2009). Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art: The Effects of Education in the Visual and Performing Arts on the Achievements and Values of Young Adults. Los Angeles/London: Imagination Group/I‐Group Books. Download PDF of the summary.

Sloan, W. (2009). Making content connections through arts integration. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 51(3).

Arts & Technology

Gregory, D. C. (2009). Boxes with Fires: Wisely Integrating Learning Technologies into the Art Classroom. Art Education, 62(3), 47-54.

Mayo, S. (2007). Implications for Art Education in the Third Millennium: Art Technology Integration. Art Education, 60(3), 45-51.


Project Zero - APPLE Project (Assessing Projects and Portfolios for LEarning)

Project Zero - Arts PROPEL: Integrating Teaching and Assessment

Gruber, D. (2008). Measuring Student Learning in Art Education. Art Education, 61(5), 6.

Controversial Issues

Poling, L. H., & Guyas, A. S. (2008). Removing the fig leaf: Issues and strategies for handling nudity in the art room. Art Education, 61(1), 39-43.

Sweeny, R. W. (2007). Adding insult to imagery? Art Education, 60(5), 45-50.

Bain, C. (2009). Untangling Legal Issues that Affect Teachers and Student Teachers. Art Education, 62(5), 47-53.


Eubanks, P. (2002). Students Who Don't Speak English: How Art Specialists Adapt Curriculum for ESOL Students. Art Education, 55(2), 40-45.


Ready to Innovate - Are educators and executives aligned on the creative readiness of the US workforce?


From Anecdote to Evidence: Assessing the Status and Condition of Arts Education at the State Level

No Child Left Behind: A Study of Its Impact on Arts Education

Teaching & Learning

Project Zero - Visible Thinking

Hesser, J. F. (2009). Personal Perspectives on CONSTRUCTIVISM in a High School Art Class. Art Education, 62(4), 41-47.

Hafeli, M. (2001). Encountering Student Learning. Art Education, 54(6), 19-24.

Milbrandt, M. K., Felts, J., Richards, B., & Abghari, N. (2004). Teaching-to-learn: A constructivist approach to shared responsibility. Art Education, 57(5), 19-33


Goldstein, T.R. & Winner, E. (in press). A new lens on the development of social cognition: The study of acting. In C. Milbrath & C. Lightfoot (Eds.), The arts and human development, Taylor and Francis. Download PDF.

Goldstein, T.R. & Winner, E. (2009). Living in alternative and inner worlds: Early signs of acting talent. Creativity Research Journal, 21(1), 1-8. Download PDF.

Goldstein, T.R. (2009). Psychological perspectives on acting. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 3 (1), 6–9. Download PDF.

Goldstein, T.R. (in press). The pleasure of unadulterated sadness: Experiencing sorrow in fiction, nonfiction, and “in person.” Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Download PDF.