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SoundScapeIssue 02 62The key to You Are What Your Hear is that "Territory is not a place - it is a state of mind". It relates territory to "territoriality" - a concept appropriated from human nonverbal communication. Territorial behaviours within nonverbal communication are more subtle and pervasive than defence and physical violence. They are based on marking, displays, and gathering. Although it is widely accepted by music scientists that music evolved as part of communication, no previous work has meaningfully connected human music with territoriality and body language. By explaining how context controls the way we relate to music, You Are What You Hear shows how we can divide up our musical experiences into everyday experiences with a primarily territorial function (cognitivist moments), plus sporadic highly emotional musical experiences, during which our emotions are greatly heightened by music (emotivist moments).But this book goes further. Dr Witchel, who researches music, pleasure and the brain, suggests that we evolved music for the same reason as birds and gibbons. Humans use music to establish social territory. In this way music can infl uence what we think, what we decide to buy, and even how smart we are. Music stirs such powerful emotions in us because territory is not a place - it is a state of mind. Music stirs such powerful emotions in us because territory is not a place - it is a state of mindMost importantly, the book explores in a way never previously done, the human relationship with music and how music makes us who we are. Part science, part fun, the book is as suitable for the casual reader as it is for students, culture mavens, researchers, and musicians. It is a fast and engaging read where each chapter teases apart a simple but deep enigma.For more information visit youarewhatyouhear.co.ukMusic makerswhat purpose does music serve? and if we need it, what does it do to us? You Are What You Hear, the new book by body language expert Dr Harry Witchel, provides the answers to all these questions with the most up-to-date science and humorous anecdotes from the history of pop culture, revealing why music makes us feel so good - or why the wrong music makes us feel so bad. SoundScape listens up

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