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Colouring for wellbeing: Evidence and applications (2022)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. (in press). Colouring for wellbeing: Evidence and applications. In Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Health Humanities. Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)

Colouring has been increasingly used by adults as a tool to reduce stress and anxiety and to increase mindful attention in recent years. Its popularity has been reflected in the production and sales of colouring books, downloadable colouring pages an... Read More about Colouring for wellbeing: Evidence and applications.

Art and the schizophrenic spectrum (2022)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. (in press). Art and the schizophrenic spectrum. In P. Crawford, & P. Kadetz (Eds.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Health Humanities. (1). Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26825-1

There is an ‘art and health’ paradox in the literature on the schizophrenic spectrum, since features of the schizophrenic spectrum have been argued to facilitate artistic creativity (e.g., by enabling novel perspectives, images or insights), suggesti... Read More about Art and the schizophrenic spectrum.

Art on prescription: Practice and evidence (2022)
Book Chapter
Holt, N., Matthews, J., & Elliot, C. (in press). Art on prescription: Practice and evidence. In Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Health Humanities. (1). Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26825-1

Art on prescription is one pathway in social prescribing schemes that typically involves referrals to visual arts programmes (rather than to activities such as dance, music or creative writing) (Crone et al., 2018; van der Venter & Buller, 2015). Soc... Read More about Art on prescription: Practice and evidence.

Delivering remote arts on prescription in a pandemic: An evaluation of its impact on subjective mood, wellbeing and loneliness (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N., & Baber, D. (2022, March). Delivering remote arts on prescription in a pandemic: An evaluation of its impact on subjective mood, wellbeing and loneliness. Presented at 4th International Social Prescribing Network Conference, Salford and Online

The study evaluated the impact of the remote delivery of art-on-prescription for people in both primary and secondary care, as part of an Arts Council funded project run by Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. Programmes ran between March 2020... Read More about Delivering remote arts on prescription in a pandemic: An evaluation of its impact on subjective mood, wellbeing and loneliness.

Drawing in healthcare (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Holt, N. (2021, December). Drawing in healthcare. Paper presented at Drawing in Hospitals – what is the role of mark making in contemporary healthcare?‘, Online

Nicola Holt, a psychologist for the Health Department at the University of the West of England (UWE). Nicola discussed the impact of art on patients suffering from chronic pain, anxiety and their general wellbeing, in addition to experiments proving... Read More about Drawing in healthcare.

Surviving to thriving: The impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Grace, P., Holt, N., & Halliwell, E. (2021, November). Surviving to thriving: The impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence. Poster presented at Sexual Violence and Health Research Day, Engineers House, Bristol

The study evaluated the impact of a programme of creative workshop on the well-being and mood of 25 women (average age = 41, range = 20-57) who had experienced sexual violence, run through SARSAS (www.sarsas.org.uk). A pre-post evaluation was conduct... Read More about Surviving to thriving: The impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence.

Which resources help young people to prevent and overcome mental distress in deprived urban areas in Latin America? A protocol for a prospective cohort study (2021)
Journal Article
Priebe, S., Catherine, F., Brusco, L. I., Carbonetti, F., Gómez-Restrepo, C., Uribe, M., …Bird, V. (2021). Which resources help young people to prevent and overcome mental distress in deprived urban areas in Latin America? A protocol for a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open, 11(9), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052339

Introduction Improving the mental health of young people is a global public health priority. In Latin America, young people living in deprived urban areas face various risk factors for mental distress. However, most either do not develop mental distr... Read More about Which resources help young people to prevent and overcome mental distress in deprived urban areas in Latin America? A protocol for a prospective cohort study.

Using the experience sampling method to examine the impact of the arts for health (2021)
Digital Artefact
Holt, N. (2021). Using the experience sampling method to examine the impact of the arts for health. [Video]

Dr. Nicola Holt, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, discusses using the experience sampling method to examine the impact of the arts for health, including study design, ethical considerations, data collection and analysis, and... Read More about Using the experience sampling method to examine the impact of the arts for health.

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. (2021). An evaluation of the impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence. In N. Daykin, & A. Coulter (Eds.), Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021 CHW21 Research Proceedings (48-50)

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. (2021). “Nobody can fail at it, everybody succeeds”: Perceived processes of change following attendance at an arts on prescription programme. In N. Daykin, & A. Coulter (Eds.), Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021 CHW21 Research Proceedings (66-68)

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. (2021). A mixed-methods evaluation of the longitudinal impact of arts on prescription. In N. Daykin, & A. Coulter (Eds.), Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021 CHW21 Research Proceedings (153-155)

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. (2021). “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. In . N. Daykin, & A. Coulter (Eds.), Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021 CHW21 Research Proceedings (143-146)

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.

Schizotypy (2020)
Book Chapter
Holt, N. J. (2020). 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.

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.