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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (edition 2007)

by Daniel J. Levitin

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Title:This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
Authors:Daniel J. Levitin
Info:Plume/Penguin (2007), Paperback, 322 pages
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Ok, so, I didn't hate this book; the book has some pretty cool facts that make you think. I just couldn't get into a rhythm with this book. This is Your Brain on Music is very well written and presented. I found it to be dry; which is probably why I tend not to read much non-fiction. Also, being a musician for the better part of my life, the elementary theory sections, while useful to non-musicians, were not of value to me. So I skipped a good portion of the first part of the book. So if you are into science and have a fancy for music this is a good read for you; however, if you are a musician who, like me, isn't that into science (I was terrible at science in college)this is one to bypass. ( )
  Jazmsngr | Mar 25, 2016 |
Very interesting. Never did finish because I wanted to ingest it and that took longer than the library would let me keep it for. Love the science angle.
  mateideyr | Jul 17, 2015 |
I liked that this book started with a primer on music and then moved into the neurology involved in listening to music. This was a really interesting book and I'm wondering if my guitar-playing son would appreciate it. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
La materia riveste sicuro interesse, e gli aneddoti musicali sono buffi. La parte neurologica è invece per me assai noiosa, anche se l'autore ce la mette tutta per renderla intelleggibile, simpatica e discorsiva.

Codice Edizioni sembra comunque gravida di titoli interessanti. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
This is another of those books well worth finishing that I simply didn't finish. I allowed myself to be sidetracked by other books.
But it's a fascinating book. After a detailed analysis of the elements that comprise music, the author looks carefully at how music affect the brain and its emotions. It's filled with fascinating factoids about the nuances of popular recordings.
But I didn't finish it. Shame on me. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Sep 15, 2014 |
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Music, Science, and the Brain are more closely related than you think.  Daniel J. Levitin, James McGill Professor of Psychology and Music at McGill University, shows you why this is. 

 In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin (The World in Six Songs) 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 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 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. A Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, This Is Your Brain on Music will attract readers of Oliver Sacks, as it is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.

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Explores the relationship between the mind and music by drawing on recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to discuss such topics as the sources of musical tastes and the brain's responses to music.

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