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An evaluation of the impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence (2021)
Conference Proceeding
Grace, P., Holt, N., & Halliwell, E. (in press). An evaluation of the impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence

Introduction The study evaluated the impact of a four-session creative workshop on well-being and mood among women who had experienced sexual violence, run through Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS; https://www.sarsas.org.uk/).... Read More about An evaluation of the impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence.

“Nobody can fail at it, everybody succeeds”: Perceived processes of change following attendance at an arts on prescription programme (2021)
Conference Proceeding
Holt, N., Elliot, C., & Jenkinson, E. (in press). “Nobody can fail at it, everybody succeeds”: Perceived processes of change following attendance at an arts on prescription programme

Introduction As the delivery of social prescribing schemes is increasing nationally (NHS England, 2019; Fixsen & Polley, 2019), evaluation of their impact and efficacy is pressing: quantitative, qualitative and econometric (Public Health England, 20... Read More about “Nobody can fail at it, everybody succeeds”: Perceived processes of change following attendance at an arts on prescription programme.

A mixed-methods evaluation of the longitudinal impact of arts on prescription (2021)
Conference Proceeding
Zalantai, B., Holt, . . N., Chase, M., & Jenkinson, E. (in press). A mixed-methods evaluation of the longitudinal impact of arts on prescription

Introduction Art on prescription is one pathway in social prescribing schemes that involves referral by health workers to visual arts programmes, for individuals experiencing social isolation and low to moderate levels of stress, anxiety and depres... Read More about A mixed-methods evaluation of the longitudinal impact of arts on prescription.

“It’s not therapy; I’m not a therapist”: Exploring the perspectives of Arts Health Practitioners on how arts on referral can improve psychosocial outcomes in adults with health conditions (2021)
Conference Proceeding
White, E., Holt, N., & Jenkinson, E. (in press). “It’s not therapy; I’m not a therapist”: Exploring the perspectives of Arts Health Practitioners on how arts on referral can improve psychosocial outcomes in adults with health conditions

Introduction The rationale for this research was to explore the perspectives of art for health practitioners about how art interventions can improve psychosocial outcomes for adults with physical health conditions. Existing literature tends to foc... Read More about “It’s not therapy; I’m not a therapist”: Exploring the perspectives of Arts Health Practitioners on how arts on referral can improve psychosocial outcomes in adults with health conditions.

Does latent inhibition underpin creativity, positive schizotypy and anomalous cognition? (2020)
Journal Article
Holt, N., Simmonds-Moore, C., & Moore, S. (2020). Does latent inhibition underpin creativity, positive schizotypy and anomalous cognition?. Journal of Parapsychology, 84(2), 156-178. https://doi.org/10.30891/jopar.2020.02.02

This paper presents two experiments in which an experimental paradigm developed to examine the efficacy of filtering mechanisms of attention, Latent Inhibition (LI), was adapted to include a psi component. LI assesses the processing of irrelevant sti... Read More about Does latent inhibition underpin creativity, positive schizotypy and anomalous cognition?.

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. J. (2020). 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, 140(5), 270-276. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913920913060

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. (2020). Challenges and joys of using the experience sampling method to examine the impact of the arts on wellbeing. In Sage Research Methods Cases. SAGE 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 Creativity. Elsevier

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.