This Is your Brain on Music

This Is your Brain on Music

The Science of A Human Obsession

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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton, 2006
ISBN: 9780525949695
Branch Call Number: ML3830 .L38 2006
Characteristics: vi, 314 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Levitin, a former rock musician, and a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, explores the connection between music and the human brain.

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May 19, 2015

You'll enjoy it, I'm almost finished. :)

May 09, 2015

Looking forward to reading this. One of our books to read for our,"Non-Fiction"book club.

Apr 24, 2012

from The Social Animal by David Brooks


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Mar 08, 2019

This Is Your Brain On Music

“This Is Your Brain On music” talks about how music triggers our brain, our thoughts and our souls. It explains where music comes from and how music develops to our tastes and why music is big part of our lives. It also talks about what makes amazing musicians amazing and why they are so great at what they do. It talks about the unisons of the notes, the pitches and how the circle of fifths is important. The tunings of the notes and how beautiful harmonies we could play, that there is so much more music that we have not discovered. Daniel J. Levitin explains about how one can become a better musician and how we can share the passion of music with others. He explains of how music is a worldwide language that everyone can feel and communicate with one another.
The is great! I liked how it answered most of my questions about the notes we play why hearing a melody can change our moods. I would rate this book a 7 out of 10. I liked how he gave his personal stories of his own music life. How he fell in love of what he does. What I did not like is that he talked about mostly men. As young musician lady I would have liked if he stated facts about women's knowledge of music. About why we do not see so many girls playing but mostly men.
This open my eyes with new ideas of how to become a better musician and to be grateful of my talents. It gave me a little bit of motivation. I would recommend this book to every single musician out there who have many questions.


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Jun 29, 2016

"When I'm at a wedding, it is not the sight of the hope and love of the bride and groom standing in front of their friends and family, their whole life before them, that makes my eyes tear up. It is when the music begins that I start to cry."


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