Musicophilia (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 23, 2008 - Psychology - 425 pages
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With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.” Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.

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Review: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

User Review  - Oleg Kagan - Goodreads

The intersection between music and neuroscience is a ripe subject for a book, yet I felt Oliver Sachs' effort at it was uneven. Part of the reason was the sheer variety of aspects with which he ... Read full review

Review: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

User Review  - Blake Charlton - Goodreads

deftly written, expertly researched, at times fascinating, but rarely compelling. i must confess here to having an enthusiastic appreciation for music, but little or no talent for or understanding of ... Read full review


Title Page
Sudden Musicophilia
Musical Seizures
Imagery and Imagination
Brainworms Sticky Music and Catchy Tunes
Musical Hallucinations
A Range of Musicality
Amusia and Dysharmonia
Aphasia and Music Therapy
Dyskinesia and Cantillation
Music and Tourettes Syndrome
Rhythm and Movement
Parkinsons Disease and Music Therapy
The Case of the OneArmed Pianist
Musicians Dystonia
Emotion Identity and Music

Absolute Pitch
Cochlear Amusia
Why We Have Two Ears
Musical Savants
Music and Blindness
Synesthesia and Music
Memory Movement and Music
Music and Amnesia
Musical Dreams
Seduction and Indifference
Music Madness and Melancholia
Williams Syndrome
Dementia and Music Therapy
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Oliver Sacks is the author of Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in New York City, where he is a practicing neurologist. He recently accepted a new position at Columbia University.

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