This Is your Brain on Music
The Science of A Human ObsessionBook - 2006
• 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.
Baker & Taylor
A scientific exploration of the relationship between the mind and music draws on recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to discuss such topics as the sources of musical tastes, the brain's discernible responses to music, and the cultural origins of musical senses. 20,000 first printing. First serial, Discover Magazine.
Levitin (psychology of electronic communication, McGill U., Canada) is a former record producer, sound engineer, and session musician. Here he describes music from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience and examines recent studies that tie it to meaning and pleasure. He first explains the elements of music in a way that is both detailed and accessible to general readers, then outlines how the brain understands it. The mind develops expectations of music, he says, and creates categories. Other chapters look into the concept of emotion, musical preferences, and whether talent is inherent or can be learned. Finally, he considers music and evolutionary theory. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Explores the relationship between the mind and music by drawing on recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to discuss topics such as the sources of musical tastes and the brain's responses to music.
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“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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