Musicophilia

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 23, 2008 - Psychology - 400 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  - Lysander Schleh - Goodreads

This is a great read for anyone interested in the modularity of the mind. The chapters tend to be anecdotal, but they do provide some really nice insights. As this book is largely concerned with the inaccessibility of most aspects of the mind, it's an effective approach. Read full review

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Fascinating. I've read it intermittently so as not to be overwhelmed by the wealth of information. Great read! Read full review

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Contents

Title Page Dedication Preface
Haunted by Music
Sudden Musicophilia
Musical Seizures
Musicogenic Epilepsy
Imagery and Imagination
Brainworms Sticky Music and Catchy Tunes
Musical Hallucinations
Music and Amnesia
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

A Range of Musicality
A Range of Musicality
Amusia and Dysharmonia
Absolute Pitch
Cochlear Amusia
Why We Have Two Ears
Musical Savants
Music and Blindness
Synesthesia and Music
Memory Movement and Music
Emotion Identity and Music
Musical Dreams
Seduction and Indifference
Music Madness and Melancholia
Music and Emotion
Music and the Temporal Lobes
Williams Syndrome
Dementia and Music Therapy
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Oliver Sacks was a physician, writer, and professor of neurology. Born in London in 1933, he moved to New York City in 1965, where he launched his medical career and began writing case studies of his patients. Called the “poet laureate of medicine” by The New York Times, Sacks is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Awakenings, which inspired an Oscar-nominated film and a play by Harold Pinter. He was the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, and was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2008 for services to medicine. He died in 2015.


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