Advanced Coloring Books tests our creative level and focus level of what we think can and can not be achieved. If you consider yourself great with your right hand try coloring the book with your left hand, and vice versa. This develops the brains neural structure and modifies brain power increasing neural activity and growth. Creating more focus allows use to sharpen our mind in all areas. Even people who don't consider them selves artists, this helps relax the brain and body naturally achieving a meditative state, while developing cells never used or used rarely. Adding music to the mix helps stimulate and maintain this meditative state by creating a zen like atmosphere.
As we know, our brain is divided into two halves, the Left and Right hemisphere. The right brain looks at the visual references as a whole, whether it's a landscape, object, or a piece of artwork, then focuses its way into noticing finer details. It also deals with art awareness, creativity, imagination, intuition, insight, holistic thought, and music awareness. The right brain works in the three-dimensions and controls left-hand functions. The down side to the Right Brain is that it tends to be disorganized, lack in time management and can't prioritize.
The left brain on the other hand sees the details and puts them together to form the bigger picture. The left Brain handles organization, logic, analytical thought, reasoning, science, math, calculations, skill set, as well as controls the right hand. In addition a left brain thinker is better at using words to remember things rather than visual aides, to process ideas in a step-by-step algorithm, and are less prone to errors. The down side to the left brain is that it tends to lack in creativity, and spirituality.
The human brain is a network of approximately one hundred billion neurons. Different experiences create different neural connections which bring about different emotions. Coloring becomes an natural outlet to express your emotions creating a therapeutic foundation of peace and inner awareness. Depending on which neurons get stimulated, certain connections become stronger and more efficient, while others may become weaker. This is whats called neuroplasticity.
The Advanced Coloring Book combines, the left and right hemispheres to process creative thought collectively. This wires the brains neurological structure to develop new cells, and begins neuroplasticity. As you color I advise people to re-frame from statements like "it's hard","I can't" or "I don't have the patience". Statements of this nature hinders the advancement of cells. Psychologically, and subconsciously wiring the brain to believe you are incapable of doing something.
Several studies exemplify that Art Therapy enhanced the psycho-social symptoms of distress, improved quality of life, reduced pain perception, and improved general physical, and psychological health behaviors. Art Therapy showed a reduction in depression and fatigue levels in cancer patients on chemotherapy. Researchers realized, children with cancer engaging in drawing and painting is an effective method for dealing with pain and other disturbing symptoms of illness and treatment. Using Art Therapy with children having asthma reduced anxiety, strengthened self-concepts, and self-confidants. For adults that have dementia or related disorders Art Therapy improves quality of life, decreased perception of illness, disability, and pain. Serving as a form of stress reduction to increase or at least maintain cognitive functioning.