STRATEGIC RESEARCH COUNCIL LEADERSHIP
Together we explore the impact of design, art, nature and creative capacity on brain wellness.
brainworXXOur work is in the research stage to bring virtual workshops and exhibitions for the community to explore. We have witnessed extraordinary similarities in individuals with the same dianoses. brainworXX is an educational pathform that explores the brain and the response in regards to design, art, nature and creative capacity and creative systems.
BipolarThe brainworXX platform provide a safe conversational opportunity about the bipolar diagnose though creative expression and environmental factors that impact an individuals wellness. MM-O-DD partners with other brain wellness organizations and professionals including 'ENERGY'. A program which is in coordination with the UofM Heinz C. Pretcher Bipolar Research Program. Click on the image for details of ENERGY
CapacityThe brainworXX explores the capacity of flexing our creativity. Our minds can enter a state of flow. From our 'In-the- round' discussions we have noticed a unified response that the act of creativity takes over, boosts our mental state and slows our heart rate. We have organically found a significant connection and immersive result for people who suffer from depression or anxiety or have a Bipolar diagnoses. Creative capacity includes the blocked or stuck mind common to Designers and Artists.
ColorThere is power in color. Many are effected by color including the ability to hear color. Many musicians and designers have this ability. It is About 4 percent of the people on Earth experience a mysterious phenomenon called synesthesia: They hear a sound and automatically see a color; or, they read a certain word, and a specific hue enters their mind's eye. The condition has long puzzled scientists, we will be conducting some research to look for clues.
NaturebrainworXX takes a look at the inclusion of nature in design. The discovery and theories date back to the beginning of recorded history. growing scientific field called ecotherapy has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced stress.
SoundbrainworXX explores Sound Design and the effects on brain wellness. Sound is capable of producing powerful reactions in an individual, whether it’s a jarring loud noise which stops you dead in your tracks, or the jovial laughter of children playing which brings a smile to your face.History is rich with tribal traditions of drums uniting tribes in ceremony, or songs that bring communities together in celebration that show the powerful effects sound can have on us.
VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH'The Refugee in Me' by Morgan Breon looks at the poetry which resulted from years of self-harm.
Brain Health And The Power Of Creative Expression
Coordinated by Stephanie Pretcher and Rich Wright
Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program at U of M