Gabrielle has a number of research papers related to art-based approaches in anatomy education. References are listed below. 

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Research papers 
  • Finn, GM. Chapter “Using Body Painting and Other Art-Based Approaches to Teach Anatomy” in “Teaching Anatomy: A Practical Guide" Edited by Chan, LK and Pawlina, W. (2015). Pages 155-164

  • Finn GM, Bazira P, Bateman J, Sanders K. Ultra-violet body painting: A new tool in the spectrum of anatomy education. European Journal of Anatomy. 

  • Finn GM. Current perspectives on the role of body painting in medical education. Advances in Medical Education and Practice. Dove Press. Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2018:9 1–6

  • Aka, JJ, Cookson NE, Hafferty FW and Finn GM. Teaching by stealth: Utilising the Hidden Curriculum within anatomy education. European Journal of Anatomy. (2018)22(2), 173-182.

  • Cookson NE, Aka J and Finn GM. An exploration of anatomists’ views towards the use of body painting in anatomical and medical education: an international study. Anatomical Sciences Education. (2018). 11:146–154. doi: 10.1002/ase.1698

  • Finn GM, White P, Abdelbagi I. The impact of colour on retention of knowledge: A body-painting study within undergraduate medicine. Anatomical Sciences Education. (2011). 4(6): 311-317. 


  • Finn GM and McLachlan JC. A qualitative study of students’ perceptions of body painting.  Anatomical Sciences Education (2010) 3:33-38.

  • Finn GM. Twelve tips for running a successful body painting teaching session. Medical Teacher (2010) 32: 1-4.