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Victoria Williamson is a lecturer and researcher in music psychology who holds academic posts in the UK and Switzerland. An expert in the impact of music on human behaviour, she has worked in both university and private industry research and hosts the popular educational blog musicpsychology.co.uk. Her personal musical life began aged six with classical guitar, an instrument that she still adores and has taught to both children and adults. A popular public speaker, she has presented her work at numerous forums including TED, the Latitude Festival, the British Science Festival and NPR. Her writing has appeared in NME and her research has been presented across national and international media including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky (UK), CNN and MSNBC (USA), CBC (Canada), Radio New Zealand National, and 2SER and the Big Issue (Australia).
'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 Verklarte 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.