2017 International Conference on Mobile Brain-Body Imaging

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the second annual International Conference on Mobile Brain-Body Imaging and the Neuroscience of Art, Innovation and Creativity in Valencia, Spain, September, 10-13. As in last year’s Brain on Art conference, modern thinkers from around the world participated in thoughtful didactic and experiential dialogue. They explored the intersection of arts and sciences and the use of neuroimaging technology and Brain-

Computer Interfaces (BCI) that seek to capture and understand brain functioning during real-time activities and interactions with the environment.

The conference was organized into four tracks: 1) Wearable technologies, 2) Neuroaesthetics and the Biology of Creativity, 3) Medical and Pedagogical Applications, and 4) Artistic Brain- Computer Interfaces. The individual presentations were 12-15 minutes in length and were followed with an open forum led by a moderator responsible for an interactive Q&A…


Second Lady Visits IUNC

Second Lady Karen Pence Discusses Art Therapy Initiative in Indy

Second lady Karen Pence participated in discussions with health care and art experts on November 9, 2017 to learn more about art therapy in Indianapolis. Pence attended a roundtable discussion with several IU Health executives and Herron School of Art administration staff. Additionally, the second lady met with art therapists and five IU Health patients receiving art therapy to see first hand how the practice impacts well-being and quality of care. 


Color Me Enlightened

Color Me Enlightened Interview with Juliet King & Jami Stall

“Experience the phenomenon that has sold 2 million copies worldwide and launched the coloring craze for adults,” touts a blurb for commercial illustrator Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book.

Supposedly it appeals to all ages and loads of doodlers around the globe. It and Basford’s Enchanted Forest, which came out last February, have sold a combined 13.5 million copies throughout 50 countries. And the self-titled “illustrator and ink evangelist” cranked out Lost Ocean this past October.

Of Amazon’s current bestseller list, nine of the top 20 are coloring books for grown-ups. Considering more than 2,000 of these anti-stress activity books have hit the market since 2013, it’s apparent this is no black-and-white issue. Many people love them.

But I’m not one of them…”



 The Art of the Matter

This week on The Art of the Matter, we’ll discover some of the strange and wonderful materials that provide pigment for paints, check out a concert featuring bandoneon, eat some soothing soup in honor of Phobruary, jam with juniors, and hear about an innovative art project that aims to help patients with degenerative disease communicate.

Highlighted in this edition WFYI’s The Art of the Matter podcast, Associate Professor of Sculpture at Herron School of Art and Design, Greg Hull, speaks about his Transformational Impact Fellowship Project, BRIDGE. 


Good Earth Radio


Good Earth Radio

Juliet King introduces and describes the Art Therapy master’s program at Herron School of Art and Design. 

Brain Project News and Resources


Brain Project News and Resources

Professor King discusses using art as therapy for people who have experienced trauma and the neuroscience behind art as therapy. Art therapy engages a different part of the brain and can help individuals who have experience trauma heal.


Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities


Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities

Watch this segment of Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities to learn about the value of art therapy for youth. Brought to you by MCCOYouth.

Insights in Opthalmology

The Dropped Brow Sign in Psychogenic Pseudo-Myasthenic Prosis


Robert M Pascuzzi and Juliet L King – Department of Neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine, USA 


In patients presenting with eyelid ptosis the clinician considers a differential diagnosis of 3rd nerve palsy, Horner’s syndrome, mitochondrial myopathy, oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, levator dehiscence, myotonic dystrophy and myasthenia gravis. The presence of moment to moment fluctuation in severity of ptosis (fa gable ptosis) typically suggests a neuromuscular junction disorder of which myasthenia gravis is the only common form. Patients may also present with symptoms or signs that are psychological in origin. We present a case of ptosis associated with the “dropped brow sign” (ini ally misdiagnosed as myasthenia gravis). This Finding is evidence for psychogenic pseudo-myasthenic ptosis and should direct the clinician towards early exploration of a psychological component to the pa ent’s symptoms. Evaluation and management op ons for psychogenic disorders are summarized herein with a focus on recommendations for psychotherapy approaches that include the Creative Arts Therapies treatment and research potentials.