© Keith Ellenbogen
A collaboration between Northeastern University and Fashion Institute of Technology, the Cognitive Laboratory of Environment and Arts Research (CLEAR) focuses on the topic areas of Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning. This lab stems from an interdisciplinary question that crosses the disciplines and expertise areas of CLEAR researchers and allied communities groups — How can interaction with, and participation in the arts serve as a mechanism to increase understanding of, and elicit positive stewardship for the environment? — Our hypothesis is that arts participation focused on urban ecosystems can increase cognition and stewardship. We aim to use advanced techniques from cognitive psychology to assess the relative impacts of varied forms of engagement through the arts.