Date of Publication


Degree Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Dr. David Abwender, Associate Professor and Chair, Psychology


This research study investigates whether or not the motor action of art-making through the process of art therapy influences brain activity in a way that affects emotional state. The participants were 133 adults from introductory psychology classes at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. Participants drew on a piece of paper located either to the right or left of the center of the table for five minutes while wearing goggles that directed their vision in the same direction. This was preceded and followed by a measure of emotional state. Findings suggest that side of drawing has a greater impact on the happiness of non-depressed participants and the sadness of depressed participants.