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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain…

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (2007)

by Oliver Sacks

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    This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin (kjforrest)
    kjforrest: Another excellent book about music and the brain.
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    Forever Today: A True Story of Lost Memory and Never-Ending Love by Deborah Wearing (bernsad)
    bernsad: Fans of Oliver Sacks will find this interesting as it is one of his case studies.

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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 heartbreaking in how music was able to inspire people, how music was the only thing that allowed some people to have some sort of existence. Fascinating read. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 1, 2018 |
I didn't like it as much as I liked V.S. Ramachandran's book ( )
  AnupGampa | Jun 30, 2018 |
A touching and informative account of neurological phenomena associated with music. The text might disintegrate into a string of anecdotes at times and become somewhat annoying, but never unbearable.
There is no coherent theory behind the story (or, at least, I could not see any), which is a good thing, because the flow of tales is not disturbed by technicalities or the need for an explanatory basis.

And there is a rich bibliography at the end for the pathologically curious. ( )
  alik-fuchs | Apr 27, 2018 |
Muziek veraangenaamt het leven en kan, moet ingezet worden bij therapieën. Dat wordt wel duidelijk en is belangrijk te weten. Voor mij worden de voorbeelden en uitleg te vaak herhaald. ( )
  EMS_24 | Mar 4, 2018 |
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. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
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The gentle doctor turns his pen to another set of mental anomalies that can be viewed as either affliction or gift.

If we could prescribe what our physicians would be like, a good number of us would probably choose somebody like Sacks (Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood, 2001, etc.). Learned, endlessly inquisitive and seemingly possessed of a bottomless store of human compassion, the neurologist’s authorial personality both reassures and arouses curiosity. Here, Sacks tackles the whole spectrum of the human body’s experience of music by studying it from the aesthetic as well as medical viewpoint. Fantastical case studies include a young boy assaulted by musical hallucinations who would shout “Take it out of my head! Take it away!” when music only he could hear became unbearably loud. Less frightening are stories about people like Martin, a severely disabled man who committed some 2,000 operas to memory, or ruminations on the linkage between perfect pitch and language: Young children learning music are vastly more likely to have perfect pitch if they speak Mandarin than almost any other language. ..
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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

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"Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls "musical misalignments." Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds - for everything but music. Dr. Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson's disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people who are deeply disoriented by Alzheimer's or schizophrenia." - Back cover.… (more)

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