This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life—even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last be- coming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a... show more
Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life—even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last be- coming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a cutting-edge study and a tribute to the beauty of music itself, This Is Your Brain on Music unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature, including: • Are our musical preferences shaped in utero? • Is there a cutoff point for acquiring new tastes in music? • What do PET scans and MRIs reveal about the brain’s response to music? • Is musical pleasure different from other kinds of pleasure? This Is Your Brain on Music explores cultures in which singing is considered an essential human function, patients who have a rare disorder that prevents them from making sense of music, and scientists studying why two people may not have the same definition of pitch. At every turn, this provocative work unlocks deep secrets about how nature and nurture forge a uniquely human obsession.
Publish date: August 3rd 2006
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Pages no: 314
Edition language: English
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DNF I can't do this. too much music theory. this book promised to be interesting and it failed. April 6, 2012
Clearly written and entertaining account of current findings in neuroscience as it relates to how we hear, remember, and respond to music. Well worth a re-read, too.
In this unprecedented meeting of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscietist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music -- its performances, its compositions, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it -- and the human brain. Drawing on the lastest research Levitin reveals:- How composers ex...