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    DescriptionWhat can music teach us about the brain? What can the brain teach us about music? And what can both teach us about ourselves? In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin ("The World in Six Songs" and "The Organized Mind") explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin 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 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. 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.


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    Title
    This Is Your Brain on Music
    Subtitle
    The Science of a Human Obsession
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel J Levitin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 322
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780452288522
    ISBN 10: 0452288525
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    BIC subject category V2: AVS
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PSX, JMM
    B&T General Subject: 540
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    DC21: 781.11
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25920
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PHDS
    BISAC V2.8: MUS041000, PSY020000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 781/.11
    B&T Approval Code: A08010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI036000
    B&T Approval Code: A50890000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI001000
    DC22: 781.11
    LC classification: ML3830 .L38 2007
    Edition
    1
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    New American Library
    Publication date
    01 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Daniel J. Levitin is the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Music at McGill University, Montreal, where he also holds appointments in the Program in Behavioural Neuroscience, The School of Computer Science, and the Faculty of Education. He is the author of "This is Your Brain on Music "and "The World in Six Songs," which were "New York Times "bestsellers and have been translated into 16 languages, and the upcoming book "The Organized Mind." Before becoming a neuroscientist, he worked as a session musician, sound engineer, and record producer working with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Blue Oyster Cult. He has published extensively in scientific journals as well as music magazines such as "Grammy "and "Billboard." Recent musical performances include playing guitar and saxophone with Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Rosanne Cash, David Byrne, and Rodney Crowell.
    Review quote
    "Endlessly stimulating, a marvelous overview, and one which only a deeply musical neuroscientist could give. . . . An important book." -Oliver Sacks, M.D. "I loved reading that listening to music coordinates more disparate parts of the brain than almost anything else - and playing music uses even more! Despite illuminating a lot of what goes on, this book doesn't 'spoil' enjoyment - it only deepens the beautiful mystery that is music." -David Byrne, founder of Talking Heads and author of "How Music Works" "Levitin is a deft and patient explainer of the basics for the non-scientist as well as the non-musician. . . . By tracing music's deep ties to memory, Levitin helps quantify some of music's magic without breaking its spell." -"Los Angeles Times Book Review"