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About the Research Center

The Emili Sagol Research Center 

The Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center (CATRC) was established in 2011 at the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies at the University of Haifa, Israel. The Center is host to a lab with facilities suitable for clinical research and it is equipped with video and audio recording systems and apparatuses for the collection and analysis of both observational and physiological data. There are also machines in the lab that measures and record the electrical activity of the brain (EEG), ECG, respiratory rate, GSR (galvanic skin response) and EMG (electromyography). The primary aim of the Emili Sagol CATRC is to build an evidence base and accumulate data for Creative Arts Therapies clinical practice and policy.

The Need for Research
Clinical evidence shows that the creative arts therapies (CAT) are effective, but there is very little empirical research in the field. There is a need to increase and broaden the CAT research base in order to make it independent from the fields of psychology and education. To do so, we need to investigate the following areas:
How is CAT effective?
What parts of the body are affected by CAT?
What is the connection between the brain, the body, and the arts?
Which populations benefit from CAT?
Which problems and conflicting issues benefit from CAT?

The Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center's Objectives
In order to answer the aforementioned questions and collect information in the field of CAT, researchers at the Emili Sagol CATRC are involved in a wide range of projects with the following objectives:
- Experiment in both the lab and the field to investigate the impact of intervention techniques on emotional, social, and psycho-physiological aspects.
- Develop and validate arts-based research methods and assessment instruments.
- Collaborate on international cross-cultural research projects.
- Establish an international internet database.
- Develop empirically-based CAT intervention programs.
- Train a generation of young research-practitioners.
- Produce and distribute training films and manuals for students and professionals worldwide.

 

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