New research has shown that the stress level of pre-schoolers from low-income families is decreased when they are exposed to arts education.

“A study featuring 310 economically disadvantaged preschoolers reports music, dance, and visual arts lessons effectively reduced their stress levels as measured by the level of a common hormone,” reports Pacific Standard Magazine.

“Our study is the first we know of that demonstrates that the arts may help alleviate the impact of poverty on children’s physiological functioning,” – West Chester University psychologist Eleanor Brown, (study’s lead investigator)

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