New Books Published in March: You Are the Music, Cracked, Introducing Walter Benjamin & 30-Second Brain

Posted on 2014/03/06 , tagged as 30-Second, James Davies, anil seth, introducing, victoria williamson

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New Books in March 2014It’s publication day for Icon Books and this month we have four smart-thinking books to share with you!

Do babies remember music from the womb? Can classical music increase your child’s IQ? Is music good for productivity? You Are the Music is a brilliant new work from music psychologist Victoria Williamson that will delight music lovers of every persuasion. Enter to win one of 15 signed copies over at Caboodle, listen to Victoria speak on BBC Radio 4 about the role of music in human development, and read a free extract.

Why is psychiatry such big business? Why are so many psychiatric drugs prescribed – 47 million antidepressant prescriptions in the UK alone last year – and why, without solid scientific justification, has the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in 1952 to 374 today? Cracked, by psychological therapist James Davies,– available in paperback for the first time – reveals the true human cost of an industry that, in the name of helping others, has actually been helping itself.

Introducing Walter Benjamin: A Graphic Guide

Walter Benjamin is often considered the key modern philosopher and critic of modern art. Tracing his influence on modern aesthetics and cultural history, Introducing Walter Benjamin: A Graphic Guide highlights his commitment to political transformation of the arts as a means to bring about social change. Head over to to find out more about the series.

Are we all at the mercy of our brain chemistry? Do you think that the amygdala and the hippocampus are fantastical sea monsters? What can an MRI scan tell us? 30-Second Brain, edited by Anil Seth, is here to fill your mind with the science of exactly what’s happening inside your head. Using no more than two pages, 300 words and an illustration, this is the quickest way to understand the wiring and function of the most complex and intricate mechanism in the human body.