This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 3, 2006 - Science - 336 pages
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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 worldWhy we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. DreThat practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertiseHow those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our headTaking 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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This Is Your Brain On Music

User Review  - cmorebutts - Overstock.com

This book was (I believe) originally intended as a textbook for college professors looking for something more interesting than the average text. It requires supplemental information for that purpose ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dustin Gilding - Borders

This was an amazing book and i would suggest it to any other musician out there! Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
Foot Tapping
Music and the Mind Machine
Anticipation
You Know My Name Look Up the Number
After Dessert Crick was Still Four Seats Away from
what Makes a Musician?
My Favorite Things
The Music Instinct
APPENDIX
ACKNO wLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Daniel J. Levitin is Assistant Professor of Psychology at McGill University, where he holds the Bell Chair in the Psychology of Electronic Communication and the FQRT Strategic Professor Chair in Psychology.

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