This Is your Brain on Music

This Is your Brain on Music

The Science of A Human Obsession

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In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music--its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it--and the human brain.

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. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he 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

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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Dutton
Copyright Date: ♭2006
ISBN: 9781101218914
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sherrie_Kincaid
May 19, 2015

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

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Jeff_Ve
May 09, 2015

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

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fagens
Apr 24, 2012

from The Social Animal by David Brooks

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Raquel_14
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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ingirdisawesome
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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