How Music Can Make You Better

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Chronicle Books, Apr 2, 2019 - Self-Help - 112 pages
How can certain songs carry us through a tough workout, comfort us after a breakup, or unite 50,000 diverse fans? In this fascinating field guide, neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas investigates what music is and how it can change us for the better—from deep in our neurons to across our entire society. Whether hip-hop fans, classically trained pianists, or vinyl collectors, readers will think about their favorite songs in a whole new way by the end of this book. This is a vibrant and smart gift for any audiophile.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
8
HOW DO OUR BRAINS TURN SOUND INTO MUSIC?
12
HOW CAN MUSIC HEAL OUR MINDS AND BODIES?
50
HOW CAN MUSIC MAKE SOCIETY BETTER?
86
BIBLIOGRAPHY
102
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
118
About the Author
121
Chronicle Ebooks
123
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About the author (2019)

Indre Viskontas, PhD, is the creative director of the Pasadena Opera, host of the podcasts Cadence and Inquiring Minds, and a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She lives San Francisco.

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