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    DescriptionThis is the first book to offer a comprehensive explanation of how humans experience music and to unravel the mystery of our perennial love affair with it. Using musical examples from Bach to the Beatles, Levitin reveals the role of music in human evolution, shows how our musical preferences begin to form even before we are born and explains why music can offer such an emotional experience.Music is an obsession at the heart of human nature, even more fundamental to our species than language. In "This Is Your Brain On Music" Levitin offers nothing less than a new way to understand it, and its role in human life.

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    This is Your Brain on Music
    Understanding a Human Obsession
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel J. Levitin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 320 g
    ISBN 13: 9781843547167
    ISBN 10: 1843547163

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    BIC subject category V2: AVA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25920
    Libri: ENGM4300
    BISAC V2.8: MUS041000, PSY020000
    BIC subject category V2: JMRP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI036000
    Libri: HIRN2200
    BISAC V2.8: SCI001000
    DC22: 781.11
    Libri: MUSI1650
    BISAC V2.8: MUS001000
    Thema V1.0: JMR, AVA, PHDS, PSX, MFC, MFG
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    black & white diagrams
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    Publication date
    01 May 2008
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    Author Information
    Daniel Levitin runs the Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University, Canada, where he holds the James McGill Chair. Before becoming a neuroscientist, he was a session musician, sound engineer and record producer. He has written extensively for scientific journals and music trade magazines.
    Review quote
    "'Music seems to have an almost willful, evasive quality, defying simple explanation, so that the more we find out, the more there is to know... Daniel Levitin's book is an eloquent and poetic exploration of this paradox. There may be no simple answer or end in sight, but the ride is nonetheless a thrilling one, especially in the company of a writer who is both an accomplished musician, a hard-nosed scientist, and someone who can still look upon the universe with a sense of wonder.' Sting * Fascinating... Levitin's extremely skilled at laying out complex concepts in understandable terms... an absorbing explanation of the mechanics of why music affects us the way it does. - Jonathan O'Brien, Sunday Business Post * Endlessly stimulating. - Oliver Sacks * Despite illuminating a lot of what goes on with music this book doesn't "spoil" enjoyment - it only deepens the beautiful mystery that is music. - David Byrne, Talking Heads"