Gore and colleagues studied the effects of seeing art on anxiety among cancer patients. They report that they compared anxiety levels for “three groups (participants who observed an electronic selection of artwork with and without guided discussion, and a control group that did not engage in either dedicated art observation activity). . . . [average] anxiety scores were significantly lower among those who participated in guided art observation, compared to [the control group]. . . .
Using art to achieve design objectives
Duran-Barraza and colleagues evaluated how titles influence responses to artistic photography. They report that “Conceptual information is central to the field of artistic photography. . . . we investigated whether artist's conceptual titles affected viewers’ interest in artistic photographs. Experiment 1 showed that adding artist's conceptual titles increased both the rated liking of and interest in the photographs, whereas adding a descriptive title had no effect.
In person or not matters
Muth and Carbon studied ambivalent art (specifically photographs) and our responses to it.
Visual art can definitely be an excellent investment. Neuroscience research indicates that it can powerfully and positively enrich mental and physical wellbeing via its effects on how people think and behave.
Lee, Lee, and Choi investigated the psychological implications of savoring art.
Altmann, Brachmann, and Redies manipulated the colors originally used by artists in abstract paintings and identified important implications of particular color choices.
Dolese and Kozbelt studied preferences for different sorts of art, among other topics.