Science all but confirms that humans are hard-wired to respond to music.
Documentary filmmaker Elena Mannes will speak about her first book, The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song on Tuesday, March 19, at noon in the Westport Library’s McManus Room. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is free and open to the public.
In her book, Mannes explores how neuroscientists and psychologists are learning how melody, rhythm, and harmony can change the way our brains work. She developed and created the primetime PBS special The Music Instinct: Science and Song, which explores recent discoveries about the power of music and its connection to the body, the brain and the world of nature.
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Her work has appeared on both public and commercial television. Her honors include six Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, two Directors Guild of America Awards, and nine Cine Golden Eagles. Mannes has also produced and directed documentaries for CBS Reports and segments for 60 Minutes and Prime Time Live on ABC.