Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

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Knopf Canada, Feb 5, 2010 - Psychology - 400 pages
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What goes on in human beings when they make or listen to music? What is it about music, what gives it such peculiar power over us, power delectable and beneficent for the most part, but also capable of uncontrollable and sometimes destructive force? Music has no concepts, it lacks images; it has no power of representation, it has no relation to the world. And yet it is evident in all of us–we tap our feet, we keep time, hum, sing, conduct music, mirror the melodic contours and feelings of what we hear in our movements and expressions.

In this book, Oliver Sacks explores the power music wields over us–a power that sometimes we control and at other times don’t. He explores, in his inimitable fashion, how it can provide access to otherwise unreachable emotional states, how it can revivify neurological avenues that have been frozen, evoke memories of earlier, lost events or states or bring those with neurological disorders back to a time when the world was much richer.
This is a book that explores, like no other, the myriad dimensions of our experience of and with music.


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User Review  - trile1000 - LibraryThing

Intellectual and emotional. This book gives various anecdotes about how music affects people. Some are about how one's very existence and identity are attached to music. Some parts were just ... Read full review

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Interesting stories and ideas about music as a pretty basic human need and facility. The book is a bit jumbled, though, so individual cases aren't as memorable. Read full review

Contents

Sudden Musicophilia
3
Musical Seizures I9 3 Fear of Music Musicogenic Epilepsy
24
Imagery and Imagination
32
S Brainwornis Sticky Music and Catchy Ttmes
44
Musical Hallucinations
54
A Range of Musicality
94
A Range of Musicality
95
13
102
26
215
Aphasia and Music Therapy
232
Dyskinesia and Cantillation
243
Rhythm and Movement
254
Parkinsons Disease and Music Therapy
270
The Case of the OneArmed Pianist
284
Musical Dreams
303
Seduction and Indifference
312

Aniusia and Dysharinonia
105
24
114
Absolute Pitch
129
Cochlear Ainusia
140
Why We Have Two Ears
152
Musical Savants
162
Music and Blindness
171
Synesthesia and Music
177
Music Madness and Melancholia
324
Music and Emotion
333
Music and the Temporal Lobes
339
Williams Syndrome
371
Acknowledgments
386
Index
411
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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 practising neurologist.


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