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Did you know that walking can improve your cognitive skills? That strengthening your muscular core reduces anxiety? That light stretching can combat a whole host of mental and bodily ailments, from stress to inflammation? We all know that exercise changes the way you think and feel. But scientists are just starting to discover exactly how it works.
In Move!, Caroline Williams explores the emerging science of how movement opens up a hotline to our minds. Interviewing researchers and practitioners around the world, she reveals how you can work your body to improve your mind. As lockdown throws us back on our own mental and physical resources, there is no better time to take control of how you think and feel.
Caroline Williams is a science journalist and editor. A consultant for, and regular contributor to, New Scientist, she has also written for the Guardian, BBC Future and BBC Earth, among others. She has worked as a radio producer and reporter for BBC Radio and holds a BSc in biological sciences from Exeter University and an MSc (Distinction) in science communication from Imperial College London. She is the author of one previous book, My Plastic Brain: One Woman’s Yearlong Journey to Discover if Science Can Improve Her Mind.
Dr. Wendy Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University and a celebrated international authority on neuroplasticity. She was recently named one of the top ten women changing the way we see the world by Good Housekeeping and regularly serves as a sought-after expert for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Shape, and Health. Her TED talk has more than 31 million views on Facebook and was the 2nd most viewed TED talk of 2018. She is the author of Good Anxiety and Healthy Brain, Happy Life.