Musicophilia: Tales Of Music And The Brain
  • Musicophilia: Tales Of Music And The Brain
  • Musicophilia: Tales Of Music And The Brain
  • Musicophilia: Tales Of Music And The Brain
ISBN: 1400033535
EAN13: 9781400033539
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 23, 2008
Pages: 425
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does--humans are a musical species.

Oliver Sacks's compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people--from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; from people with amusia, to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds--for everything but music.

Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far Read More chevron_right

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   My all time favorite Sacks book (have them all)
It's a must-read for true music lovers. An encyclopedic and extremely in-depth study of the world of sounds and nudism. It's just that Microsoft doesn't have a lot of money to spend on new products. There's also a lot of weird and wonderful stuff in there. I wish my neurologist would have read this. I have purchased multiple copies of this book for others and myself. It's just that good.
   Not As Expected
However, this is not a book about how the brain processes music, nor does it affect what the brain does when music is played on the brain. Chapter after chapter, we explore the music of the oddballs and the rare. Or, a person could sing in perfect pitch, or was born with the ability to process music. Not all that I was looking for, but may be of interest to those who study mental abnormalities.
   Music Major Approved
I am a music education major and vocal performance major at Eastern University. While I am a fast reader, psychological works usually bore me to tears. Musicophilia brings me nothing less than joy and knowledge. In his book, the neurologist combines several case studies with personal experiences and brief psychological reasonings to explain the mystical realm of music. Unlike most psychological works, which tend to be more introspective, Sacks' is causal and conversational, throwing occasionally snarky comments that all musicians can appreciate, such as "Sometimes tone deafness can be quite gross." I would consider it a necessity for all professional musicians, especially in the education and composition fields, Garton said.
   Excellent reading for those interested.
The book is about the brain and how music interacts with the brain — and also how that interaction is perceived by the brain. Many of the descriptions of non-ordinary experiences of music, based on the author's many years of correspondence with other interested doctors and their patients, were also included in this volume. Lots of footnotes, some of which are more interesting than the book, and also an extensive bibliography if you're interested in that sort of thing. There's just too many good things about music to complain about. Highly recommend. Only four stars would be allowed to change the book's footnotes, leaving only a single star to read.
Really good book. Arrived early! Barrenas is a perfect treadmill-elliptical trainer. No wonder Richard Sacks was so happy. Very different genre of reading than I'm used to. Good to branch out a bit, Tunick said.
   Fascinating book
A great book. The book is by far the best of the bunch. I ordered three more copies to give to friends.
   The (Amazing) Brain on Music
It's a book about brain function, dysfunction and superfunction in reference to music. We are so wired, and music is perhaps the defining manifestation of the human mind. Must read other books by Sacks.
   I had no idea how powerful music can be!
What an odd thing it is to see an entire species -- billions of people -- playing with, listening to, and preoccupied with music, occupied and preoccupied for much of their time by what they call'music,' he said. I had no idea how powerful music could be, Taylor said. I keep it up playing wherever I can. I still get excited about live music, even though I'm not a big rock singer. So I shouldn't have been surprised by the amazing stories and discoveries in this book, Raymond said. My daughter is pursuing a degree in music therapy and I'm so glad that I now have a better understanding of the great service she will be able to give to some many people in need of music very real, healing power!
   Ome of Sackler's best
He's set a very high standard for readable scholarship, one that communicates much of the excitement he must have felt when things clicked and theories became more. He said: "I'm very sensitive and unflinching.
   the narrator is difficult to understand
Both are huge fans of Oliver Sacks. She is a retired doctor, and rarely complains, but she has a difficult time understanding the narrator John Lee. Mrs Clinton said that he mumbles or drops off the last syllable of words. A family member confirmed the diagnosis. It was a great present and I would have no regrets, said Gillian. I have no complaints about the writing or the store, he said.