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

Levitin, Daniel J.

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ISBN 10: 0525949690 / ISBN 13: 9780525949695
Published by Dutton, New York, 2006
Condition: As new Hardcover
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Levitin is the ideal guide to this material: he enjoyed a successful career as a rock musician and studio producer before turning to cognitive neuroscience, earning a Ph.D. and becoming a top researcher into how our brains interpret music. Like new, first printing. Size: 6½" - 9½" First printing 0.0 First printing First printing. Bookseller Inventory # 273069

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Title: This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of ...

Publisher: Dutton, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As new

Dust Jacket Condition: As new

Edition: First edition...

Book Type: book

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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.

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"Endlessly stimulating, a marvelous overview, and one which only a deeply musical neuroscientist could give. Daniel Levitin has a huge knowledge of music developed since the 1950s (and of blues, jazz, and etc. before this), and not merely a formal but a deep personal knowledge as an expert performer no less than as a listener. I liked the discussion of 'safe' and 'dangerous' music, and I very much liked the final chapter on the evolutionary origins of music. An important book."
-Oliver Sacks, M.D.

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