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How Music Can Make You Better (The HOW Series) (Hardcover)

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"This brilliant little book is clear, lucid, and easy to read. It is packed with fascinating information that I didn't know... I shall give it to lots of friends." —Jonathan Lynn, comedy legend

A fascinating field guide from neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas that investigates what music is and how it can change us for the better—from deep in our neurons to across our entire society. Learn how certain songs carry us through a tough workout, comfort us after a breakup, or unite 50,000 diverse fans. A vibrant and smart gift for any audiophile—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.

• Find out how your mind transforms sounds into human experiences
• Discover how music connects us, heals us, and changes us for the better
• Learn from renowned musicians, neuroscientists, and authors

"Indre Viskontas, combining her deep knowledge of neuroscience and music, has lifted the veil on the mysterious effects of music to move us, showing us not only how the human brain creates the magical patterns of music but also why music has the power to affect us like no other form of communication. An extremely important and inspiring book." —Robert Greene, best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power

Readers of How Poetry Can Change Your Heartor The Psychology of Music will love this book


• Music lovers and audiophiles
• Musicians
• Anyone interested in neuroscience

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


“Music is perhaps the strangest and most powerful of all human creations. It communicates directly what cannot be expressed in words—our complex emotions and the richness of our experience. Finally, Indre Viskontas, combining her deep knowledge of neuroscience and music, has lifted the veil on the mysterious effects of music to move us, showing us not only how the human brain creates the magical patterns of music but also why music has the power to affect us like no other form of communication. An extremely important and inspiring book.” —Robert Greene, best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power

“This brilliant little book is clear, lucid, and easy to read. It is packed with fascinating information that I didn’t know, and I suspect most people don’t know either. I shall give it to lots of friends.” —Jonathan Lynn, director of My Cousin Vinny, co-writer of Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, comedy legend
Product Details
ISBN: 9781452171920
ISBN-10: 1452171920
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 120
Language: English
Series: The HOW Series