DOES IMAGINATION MAKE US HAPPIER?
Funding received to look into whether imagination makes us happier
Sheffield arts organisation Ignite Imaginations and the University of Sheffield’s Department
of Psychology are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a research grant
from Arts Council England.
This is the only award from ACE Research Grants programme 2015-18 Round 2 to be
awarded to a Yorkshire based project, with Yorkshire Dance in Leeds being the only other
successful applicant from the region in Round 1.
The two year project will look into how people’s everyday encounters with imagination
affect their psychological well-being.
Chief Executive of Ignite Imaginations Luisa Golob explains, “People encounter imagination
in many art forms, such as fiction, visual art or drama. But the psychological benefits of
such encounters are virtually uncharted.”
This research will measure the variation in people’s cultural experience and the effects that
has on their happiness.
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