Brain and Art pp 169-182 | Cite as

The Significance of Art Therapy

  • Emanuela Galbiati


The need for creative expression and symbolic transformation of emotions has been part of the human from his origins, in every time and place. These primordial needs are the basis on which Art Therapy was born. This methodology aims at promoting well-being and psychophysical balance of the person and is nowadays used in different settings from normality to pathology. After a brief excursus, which includes historical notes as well as the great changes in art and psychoanalysis that have led to the evolution of this therapeutic tool, this article will present the application of the method on neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Parkinson and Alzheimer, examining its potential also in light of some clinical experiences.


Art Psychoanalysis Art therapy Expressive therapies Alzheimer Parkinson 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emanuela Galbiati
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  1. 1.ATI-APIArtMilanItaly
  2. 2.FACMilanItaly
  3. 3.UCSCMilanItaly

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