TRANSFORMING OUR BRAINS, BODIES, RELATIONSHIPS & EXPERIENCE OF THE WORLD BY THE SIMPLE ACT OF LOOKING UP.
The Art & Science of Looking Up report confirms the multitude of physical, psychological and social benefits to simply looking up and out; one of the most basic things we can do yet it has profound effects on cognitive development, creativity, productivity, relationships, and our sense of identity and belonging.
Building on a body of work by Glider Global, neural and systems complexity expert Dr Fiona Kerr’s research supports and explains that looking up is good for our brains, our view of the world and each other. This report includes a literature review of cutting edge, multi-disciplinary sources from around the world and explores seven key subject areas: eye gaze and engagement, abstraction and neurogenesis, lighting up our brains, solving complex problems, lived experience and memory, connection and connectedness, amplification and contagion.
When we look up and out we enter the state of abstraction or ‘daydreaming’ conducive for creative concepts, complex problem solving, new insights and Aha! moments. Our brain puts information together in new ways to find solutions - whilst also improving our capacity to maintain a focused state of mind with less effort - so we actually get better at thinking.
The Art & Science of Looking Up is an invitation to live life with a deeper connection to our surroundings and each other. It is a gentle nudge and reminder for everyone: to be present and engage with the world around them and the people they share it with.
Simply LOOK UP and out more often, and enjoy all the life-changing benefits that brings.