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Tracking momentary experience in the evaluation of arts on prescription services: Using mood changes during art workshops to predict global wellbeing change (2020)
Journal Article
Holt, N. (in press). Tracking momentary experience in the evaluation of arts on prescription services: Using mood changes during art workshops to predict global wellbeing change. Perspectives in Public Health,

Aims: To measure the immediate impact of participating in arts on prescription workshops on multiple dimensions of mood and to evaluate whether improvement in mood is a mechanism for change, predicting improvements in global wellbeing before and afte... Read More about Tracking momentary experience in the evaluation of arts on prescription services: Using mood changes during art workshops to predict global wellbeing change.

Challenges and Joys of using the Experience Sampling Method to Examine the Impact of the Arts on Wellbeing (2020)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. (in press). Challenges and Joys of using the Experience Sampling Method to Examine the Impact of the Arts on Wellbeing. In Sage Research Methods CasesSAGE Publications

This case study describes how the experience sampling method can be used to explore the impact of everyday behaviours on health and wellbeing, focusing on the correlates of participatory art in everyday life. The experience sampling method repeatedly... Read More about Challenges and Joys of using the Experience Sampling Method to Examine the Impact of the Arts on Wellbeing.

Cognitive and affective benefits of coloring: Two randomized controlled crossover studies (2019)
Journal Article
Holt, N. J., Furbert, L., & Sweetingham, E. (2019). Cognitive and affective benefits of coloring: Two randomized controlled crossover studies. Art Therapy, 36(4), 200-208. https://doi.org/10.1080/07421656.2019.1645498

This research sought to replicate and extend work suggesting that coloring can reduce anxiety, asking whether coloring can improve cognitive performance. In two experiments undergraduates (N = 47; N = 52) colored and participated in a control conditi... Read More about Cognitive and affective benefits of coloring: Two randomized controlled crossover studies.

Postcards from researchers (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. J., Jenkinson, E., & Clarke, V. (2019, July). Postcards from researchers. Presented at Exploring the potential for creative and arts-based methods for applied psychological research

A workshop, drawing on guerrilla kindness craftivism, to share inspiration and research ideas gained from the BPS creative methods seminar.

Can colouring improve the mood and concentration of older adults? Developing a research study (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. J., Christopher, G., & McClean, S. (2019, July). Can colouring improve the mood and concentration of older adults? Developing a research study. Paper presented at Ageing Better Conference

Colouring has been advocated as a wellbeing activity for older adults (e.g., Alzheimer’s Society, 2018) and colouring books and activity packs specific to this population abound (e.g., Active Minds, 2018). Despite this, no research has examined the e... Read More about Can colouring improve the mood and concentration of older adults? Developing a research study.

Museums: Changing lives through art (2019)
Report
Ryan, M., Stevens, C., Campion, L., & Holt, N. J. (2019). Museums: Changing lives through art

Evaluation of a partnership project May 2016 to April 2019

Schizotypy (2019)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. J. (in press). Schizotypy. In M. Runco, & S. Pritzker (Eds.), Encyclopedia of CreativityElsevier

Schizotypy is a set of traits analogous with the symptoms of schizophrenia. This article explores their putative role in the creative process, arguing that any relationship with creativity is complex and potentially bidirectional, where positive symp... Read More about Schizotypy.

The arts and wellbeing: A burgeoning research area (2019)
Other
Holt, N. J. (2019). The arts and wellbeing: A burgeoning research area

A blog post on the UWE's Psychological Sciences Research Group about our research on the arts and health, and the growing evidence base for the health benefits of engaging with the arts.

Does ‘altered consciousness’ mediate the relationship between art-making and wellbeing? An experience sampling study (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. J. (2018, September). Does ‘altered consciousness’ mediate the relationship between art-making and wellbeing? An experience sampling study. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the BPS Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section

Objectives: Previous research suggests that creativity, in the arts in particular, is associated with altered states of consciousness (ASCs) (Holt, 2007). To further understanding of the phenomenology of this, the current study used the experience sa... Read More about Does ‘altered consciousness’ mediate the relationship between art-making and wellbeing? An experience sampling study.

Tracking momentary experience in the evaluation of arts on prescription services: A pilot study (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. J., Matthews, J., & Disney, B. (2018, June). Tracking momentary experience in the evaluation of arts on prescription services: A pilot study. Poster presented at 1st International Social Prescribing Network Research Conference

Aim of project: Although there is increasing impetus to explore the use arts on prescription, as advocated by a recent All Party Enquiry on the Arts and Health (2017), there is a limited evidence base for its efficacy. Nevertheless, arts on prescript... Read More about Tracking momentary experience in the evaluation of arts on prescription services: A pilot study.

The expression of schizotypy in the daily lives of artists (2018)
Journal Article
Holt, N. (2019). The expression of schizotypy in the daily lives of artists. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 13(3), 359-371. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000176

A considerable amount of research suggests that positive schizotypy (cognitive and perceptual aberrations, such as pseudohallucinations) is associated with creativity in the arts. In order to better understand how positive schizotypy might be express... Read More about The expression of schizotypy in the daily lives of artists.

The therapeutic use of art-making amongst positive schizotypes: An experience sampling study (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. J. (2018, May). The therapeutic use of art-making amongst positive schizotypes: An experience sampling study. Paper presented at British Psychological Society Annual Conference

A considerable amount of research has tested the relationship between creativity and schizotypy, collectively suggesting that positive schizotypy (cognitive and perceptual aberrations, such as pseudo-hallucinations and déjà vu) is associated with cre... Read More about The therapeutic use of art-making amongst positive schizotypes: An experience sampling study.

Two randomised controlled crossover studies to evaluate the effect of colouring on both self-report and performance measures of well-being (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. J., Stankova, K., Simmons, K., Bailey, K., Furbert, L., & Sweetingham, E. (2018, May). Two randomised controlled crossover studies to evaluate the effect of colouring on both self-report and performance measures of well-being. Poster presented at British Psychological Society Annual Conference

Objectives: Previous research has reported that colouring can significantly reduce stress. Two studies sought to improve upon previous methodology by introducing an active control condition, and testing the impact of colouring upon cognitive factors:... Read More about Two randomised controlled crossover studies to evaluate the effect of colouring on both self-report and performance measures of well-being.

Taking snapshots of immediate experience in the evaluation of arts for health interventions: Challenges and possibilities (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. (2017, November). Taking snapshots of immediate experience in the evaluation of arts for health interventions: Challenges and possibilities. Paper presented at Arts and Health South West Annual Conference

Methods used in health and social sciences that assess momentary changes in immediate experience, such as experience sampling and ecological momentary assessment may be usefully applied to the arts and health. This provocation will explore the advant... Read More about Taking snapshots of immediate experience in the evaluation of arts for health interventions: Challenges and possibilities.

Using the experience-sampling method to examine the psychological mechanisms by which participatory art improves wellbeing (2017)
Journal Article
Holt, N. J. (2018). Using the experience-sampling method to examine the psychological mechanisms by which participatory art improves wellbeing. Perspectives in Public Health, 138(1), 55-65. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913917739041

© 2017, © Royal Society for Public Health 2017. Aims: To measure the immediate impact of art-making in everyday life on diverse indices of wellbeing (‘in the moment’ and longer term) in order to improve understanding of the psychological mechanisms b... Read More about Using the experience-sampling method to examine the psychological mechanisms by which participatory art improves wellbeing.

Museums, creativity and wellbeing: Community art groups as a route to health (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. J., Campion, L., & White, F. (2017, September). Museums, creativity and wellbeing: Community art groups as a route to health. Presented at Museums, creativity and wellbeing: Community art groups as a route to health

The use of art in the community to promote health and happiness is both an ancient and flourishing practice. An example of this in practice is demonstrated by the Bristol Arts on Referral Alliance, where general practitioners in the local area can pr... Read More about Museums, creativity and wellbeing: Community art groups as a route to health.

Using the experience sampling method to evaluate the impact of art-making on well-being in everyday life (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. J. (2017, June). Using the experience sampling method to evaluate the impact of art-making on well-being in everyday life. Paper presented at Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference

That involvement in the arts promotes well-being is well-documented (Camic, 2008). The current study aimed to contribute to burgeoning theoretical work on the psychological mechanisms by which artistic involvement might lead to well-being, by examini... Read More about Using the experience sampling method to evaluate the impact of art-making on well-being in everyday life.

Art, creativity and the paranormal (2015)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. J. (2015). Art, creativity and the paranormal. In M. Cardin (Ed.), Ghosts, Spirits and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to ZombiesABC-CLIO

Hallucinations (2015)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. J. (2015). Hallucinations. In M. Cardin (Ed.), Ghosts, Spirits and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to ZombiesABC-CLIO

Schizotypy: A creative advantage? (2015)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. J. (2015). Schizotypy: A creative advantage?. In O. Mason, & G. Claridge (Eds.), Schizotypy: New Dimensions, 197-214. Routledge

Considering different types of creativity and different traits of schizotypy, this chapter reviews the evidence for a link between the two. It is argued that there are multiple connections between schizotypy and creativity, some direct and some indir... Read More about Schizotypy: A creative advantage?.