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Your Brain on Art


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Susan Magsamen is the founder and director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she is a faculty member. She is also the co-director of the NeuroArts Blueprint. Susan works with both the public and private sectors using arts and culture evidence-based approaches in areas including health, child development, education, workforce innovation, rehabilitation and social equity.Ivy Ross is the Vice President of Design for hardware product area at Google, where she leads a team that has won over 225 design awards. She is a National Endowment for Arts grant recipient and was ninth on Fast Company's list of the one hundred Most Creative People in Business in 2019. Ross believes that the intersection of arts and sciences is where the most engaging and creative ideas are found.


'This book blew my mind! An authoritative yet practical guide to the neuroarts - a term that, if you haven't heard it before, is even more reason to join these brilliant co-authors on a romp through the latest science on how art transforms the brain and the body' - ANGELA DUCKWORTH, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE

'This book brilliantly puts a new science to the experience of viewing and making art, and shows us how to use art to transform our daily lives. Your Brain on Art will change how you think about the creative world - both around you and within you' - CHARLES DUHIGG, author of bestsellers THE POWER OF HABIT and SMARTER FASTER BETTER

'A groundbreaking book on the science behind humanity, joy and creativity. Art is the word we use for the magic that makes us better' - SETH GODIN, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THIS IS MARKETING

'Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross, through extensive interviews and research, have created something beautiful and affirming with their book Your Brain on Art. Its pages provide proof for what so many of us have always known, that art, especially art in community, is transformative beyond measure' - DAVID BYRNE, bestselling author of HOW MUSIC WORKS

'This mind-bending book can help shape richer lives and a newer world. It's the best description yet of the indivisibility of art, the natural world, and our neurological health' - RICHARD LOUV, author of THE NATURE PRINCIPLE and LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS

'An extraordinary and important book. Magsamen and Ross put us back in touch with one of thedefining features of being human - art' -DANIEL LEVITIN, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Your Brain On Music

'In their captivating book, Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross have assembled something remarkable: a scientific framework for understanding how art affects us. For anyone who has been transfixed by a painting, or moved to tears by a piece of music, this book provides a fascinating tour of what goes on in the brain when we encounter art's transformative power'
ANNIE MURPHY PAUL, author of The Extended Mind

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