This Is your Brain on Music

This Is your Brain on Music

The Science of A Human Obsession

Book - 2006
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Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life--even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last be- coming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a cutting-edge study and a tribute to the beauty of music itself, This Is Your Brain on Music unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature, including:
* Are our musical preferences shaped in utero?
* Is there a cutoff point for acquiring new tastes in music?
* What do PET scans and MRIs reveal about the brain's response to music?
* Is musical pleasure different from other kinds of pleasure?

This Is Your Brain on Music explores cultures in which singing is considered an essential human function, patients who have a rare disorder that prevents them from making sense of music, and scientists studying why two people may not have the same definition of pitch. At every turn, this provocative work unlocks deep secrets about how nature and nurture forge a uniquely human obsession.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780525949695
0525949690
Branch Call Number: 781.11 LEV
Characteristics: vi, 314 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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Music is a type of code too, and Daniel J. Levitin tries to crack it in this book about how music affects the grey matter between our ears—how we respond to music, how our musical preferences are shaped, and what does your brain looks like on an MRI scan when you are listening to The Ramones?


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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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