Victoria Williamson

You are the Music

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'You are the music / While the music lasts' T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

Do babies remember music from the womb? Can classical music increase your child’s IQ? Is music good for productivity? Can it aid recovery from illness and injury? And what is going on in your brain when Ultravox’s ‘Vienna’, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht or Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Bonkers’ transports you back to teenage years?

In a brilliant new work that will delight music lovers of every persuasion, music psychologist Victoria Williamson examines our relationship with music across the whole of a lifetime.

Along the way she reveals the amazing ways in which music can physically reshape our brains, explores how ‘smart music listening’ can improve cognitive performance, and considers the perennial puzzle of what causes ‘earworms’.

Requiring no specialist musical or scientific knowledge, this upbeat, eye-opening book reveals as never before the extent of the universal language of music that lives deep inside us all.
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309 printed pages
Original publication
2014

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    Julia Medinahas quoted2 years ago
    The interesting thing is that your brain will show an MMN response whether or not you are paying attention to the sounds
    Julia Medinahas quoted2 years ago
    The MMN is a particular brain wave pattern that happens in response to a change in an otherwise consistent sequence of environmental event
    Julia Medinahas quoted2 years ago
    We are born musical because our first experiences of music are pre-birth, a

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