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This Is your Brain on Music

The Science of A Human Obsession
Levitin, Daniel J. (Book - 2007 )
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What can music teach us about the brain? What can the brain teach us about music? And what can both teach us about ourselves?

In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin (The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind) explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin reveals:

  • How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world
  • Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre
  • That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise
  • How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our head
Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. A Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, This Is Your Brain on Music will attract readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.



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A scientific exploration of the relationship between the mind and music draws on recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to discuss such topics as the sources of musical tastes, the brain's discernible responses to music, and the cultural origins of musical senses. Reprint.

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Explores the relationship between the mind and music by drawing on recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to discuss such topics as the sources of musical tastes and the brain's responses to music.

Authors: Levitin, Daniel J.
Statement of Responsibility: Daniel J. Levitin
Title: This is your brain on music
the science of a human obsession
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2007, c2006
Characteristics: viii, 322 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [277] - 306) and index
Contents: Introduction: I love music and I love science - why would I want to mix the two?
What is music?: from pitch to timbre
Foot tapping: discerning fhythm, loudness, and harmony
Behind the curtain: music and the mind machine
Anticipation: what we expect from Liszt (and Ludacris)
You know my name, look up the number: how we categorize music
After dessert, crick was still four seats away from me: music, emotion, and the reptilian brain
What makes a musician?: expertise dissected
My favorite things: why do we like the music we like?
The music instinct: evolution's #1 hit
Subject Headings: Music Psychological aspects
Topical Term: Music
ISBN: 9780452288522
0452288525
Branch Call Number: 781.15 L
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