This research explores the role of the arts in cognitive and affective endpoints across development.

As the primary investigator of an independent project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, I tracked the relationship between Americans’ interests in the arts relate to innovation in the workplace.

I found that an interest in the visual arts predicts innovation at work as measured by contributing to work that led to a patent application, history of business ownership, and considering oneself an entrepreneur. This relationship is retained even when controlling for math and verbal aptitudes, educational attainment, self-mastery, and a willingness to take risks.

  • Niemi, L. & Cordes, S. (in prep). The arts and economic vitality: Leisure time interest in the art predicts entrepreneurship and innovation at work. [NEA Research Report

Two other papers in psychology of the arts:

*Name changed from Laura Niemi Young (Young, L. N.) to Laura Niemi (Niemi, L.) in 2013.