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October 03, 2021 Sunday 02:44:01 PM IST

Visit to Museums, Art Galleries by Pre-Schoolers Aid Cognitive Development

A study by University of Macquarie has shown that visits by pre-school children to museums and galleries from a very young age help in their cognitive development. Neuroscience too is revealing how much brain development occurs in the first three years of life, according to Amanda Palmer, Early Learning Coordinator at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) who along with Dr Clare Britt, Honorary, Lecturer at Macquarie's School of Education authored a book titled Art and Wonder: Young Children and Contemporary Art. It is a 233 pages documents that shares the experiences of children, families, teachers, artist educators and the research team at Art and Wonder project.   “Even really young children under two, on their very first visit, were able to pick up on the complex cultural protocols of being in the gallery – the white lines that protect the work from the viewer, and knowing that some works can be touched and some can’t,” she says.

Source:  Macquarie University