This Is your Brain on Music

This Is your Brain on Music

The Science of A Human Obsession

eBook - 2006
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In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music--its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it--and the human brain.

Taking 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. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he reveals:

* How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world
* Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre
* That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise
* How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our head

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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton, ©2006
ISBN: 9781101218914
1101218916
9780786584055
078658405X
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 314 pages) : illustrations

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May 19, 2015

You'll enjoy it, I'm almost finished. :)

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Jeff_Ve
May 09, 2015

Looking forward to reading this. One of our books to read for our,"Non-Fiction"book club.

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fagens
Apr 24, 2012

from The Social Animal by David Brooks

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"When I'm at a wedding, it is not the sight of the hope and love of the bride and groom standing in front of their friends and family, their whole life before them, that makes my eyes tear up. It is when the music begins that I start to cry."

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