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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

Paperback - 01 September 2007
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Book Description
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.

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Neuroscientist and professional musician Levitin presents a fascinating exploration of the relationship between music and the mind--and the role of melodies in shaping our lives. Photos throughout.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 0452288525

ISBN-13: 9780452288522

Publisher: Dutton Books       

Language: English

Age Range: 18 - UP years

Grade Level: 13 - UP

Paperback: 322 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 20.45 x 13.34 x 1.91 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.27 Kg

Periplus Bestseller Rank:
#5,931 in Books
#229 in Books » Reference
#26 in Books » Entertainment & Humor » Music
#2 in Books » Science & Technology » Physics » Acoustics

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