Brain Scans Reveal that Artists’ Brains are “Structurally Different”

As a drawing artist myself, I’m well aware of how drawing artists see the world differently than most people. Many drawing artists are great at paying attention to details and they often like to study organic and inorganic objects, so that they can draw better.

Artists also have a great imagination, which is one of the most important tools for being a great artist. Most of us know that artists think differently but is there scientific evidence to prove this claim. According to an article published at, the brains of drawing artists are “structurally different,” which may explain why drawing artists are great at what they do.

Note: Keep in mind that brain scanning technology isn’t as accurate as it should be and isn’t always right.

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It’s a truism to say that artists see the world differently from the rest of us, but new research suggests that their brains are structurally different as well.

The small study, published in journal NeuroImage, looked at the brain scans of 21 art students and 23 non-artists using a scanning method known as voxel-based morphometry.

Comparisons between the two groups showed that the artist has more neural matter in the parts of their brain relating to visual imagery and fine motor control.

Although this is certainly a physical difference it does not mean that artists’ talents are innate. The balance between the influence of nature and nurture is never easy to divine, and the authors say that training and upbringing also plays a large role in ability.

The brain scans were accompanied by various drawing tasks, with the researchers finding that those who performed best at these tests routinely had more grey and white matter in the motor areas of the brain.

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