This Is Your Brain on Music
The Science of a Human Obsession
By (author) Professor Daniel J Levitin
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This Is Your Brain on Music by Professor Daniel J Levitin
Book DescriptionWhat can music teach us about the brain? What can the brain teach us about music? And what can both teach us about ourselves?In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin ("The World in Six Songs" and "The Organized Mind") explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin reveals: How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the worldWhy we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. DreThat practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertiseHow those insidious little jingles (called "earworms") get stuck in our headTaking 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. 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780452288522
Paperback / softback
(203mm x 137mm x 18mm)
Imprint: New American Library
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: United States
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The author of the "New York Times" bestseller and "Los Angeles Times" Book Award Finalist "This Is Your Brain on Music" tunes into six evolutionary musical forms that have brought about the evolution of human culture.
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Author Biography - Professor Daniel J Levitin
Daniel J. Levitin is the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Music at McGill University, Montreal, where he also holds appointments in the Program in Behavioural Neuroscience, The School of Computer Science, and the Faculty of Education. He is the author of"This is Your Brain on Music"and"The World in Six Songs," whichwere"New York Times"bestsellers and have been translated into 16 languages, and the upcoming book "The Organized Mind."Before becoming a neuroscientist, he worked as a session musician, sound engineer, and record producer working with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Blue Oyster Cult. He has published extensively in scientific journals as well as music magazines such as "Grammy "and "Billboard." Recent musical performances include playing guitar and saxophone with Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Rosanne Cash, David Byrne, and Rodney Crowell."
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