Dr. Victoria Williamson is a post-doctoral research fellow at Sheffield University and one of the world’s foremost researchers on the Psychology of Music. In this, her first book, she explores the complex relationships between music and our brains. She poses such questions as:
Do babies remember music from the womb?
Can music help with exercise or recovery from illness?
What is going on in your brain when that certain song transports you back to teenage years.
New research has shown that reading fiction stimulates your brain in important and unexpected ways. Beliefs long-held by librarians and teachers about the intrinsic value of reading stories could now be backed up by the latest findings in neuroscience. Anne Murphy Paul reports, “brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.” Read the full New York Times article here.