The Relation between the Executive Function and the Process of Artistic Creation: Its Influence on Pro-social Behavior

By Isabel María Granados and Callejón, M. Dolores.

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The primary target of this text is to establish a relation between the so-called executive function (EF) and the process of the artistic creation. The EF is a complex cognitive activity. It makes reference to the capacities implied in problem resolutions, the formulation of goals, the planning for its profit, and execution in an effective way, knowing how to regulate. Are associated to the motivation, it brings back to consciousness of himself and the perception of his relation with the surroundings; the selective attention, the abstract reasoning, the alternative thought, the valuation of the different possibilities and the election of one of them as well as the development of a conceptual frame to direct the activity. Most of investigations associate these ones with neurophsico1ogical conditions of antisocial adult and adolescent subjects, since the deficits in EF are an important predictor of physical aggressiveness. We consider that the process of artistic creation keeps a great parallelism with the capacities implied in the EF. Not only we talk about the mental relevance of the arts developed by some authors or to its consideration like a motor of a complex learning but to the importance of the own steps of the creation process: from the idea and the first sketch that the artist does to the election of techniques and materials, to the form the final work takes. Process in which all the EF get into. Since the executive function has a great influence in the establishment of antisocial conducts, and in view of the great presence of these in the classrooms, we have a privileged instrument to work, in scholastic scope, those executive functions in a most motivating, playful and funny way, through the artistic education, promoting simultaneously the development of the language and general intelligence.

Keywords: Executive Function, Process of Artistic Creation, Prosocial Behaviour, Artistic Education

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.213-224. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.156MB).

Prof. Isabel María Granados

Professor, Faculty of Education, F. San Pablo CEU-Andalucía, Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain

Professor of elementary and secondary education. Currently a university professor in Psychology and Pedagogy. Committee Scientific journal “IN-Visibilidades”. Ibero-American network of arts education. Current Research in the field of art therapy and the possibilities of art in school. Many participation in conferences and written on arts education.

Callejón, M. Dolores

Professor, Department of Didactics of Musical, Plastic-Visual Art and Movement Expression, University of Jaén, Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain

Professor of elementary and secondary education. Currently a university professor in art education. Direction of the journal online of arts education and visual culture Red Visual: “Red Visual” (http://www.redvisual.net). Official College graduates and PhDs in the Fine Arts of Andalucía Committee Scientific journal “IN-Visibilidades”. Ibero-American network of arts education. Current Research in the field of art therapy and the possibilities of art in school for integral development. Many participation in conferences and written on arts education.

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