Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life--even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last be- coming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a cutting-edge study and a tribute to the beauty of music itself, This Is Your Brain on Music unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature, including: * 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.
Levitin, Daniel J.
This is your brain on music
the science of a human obsession
New York, N.Y. : Dutton, 2006.
vi, 314 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Introduction: I love music and I love science
why would I want to mix the two?
What is music? : from pitch to timbre
Foot tapping : discerning rhythm, loudness, and harmony
Behind the curtain : music and the mind machine
Anticipation : what we expect from Liszt (and Ludacris)
You know my name, look up the number : how we categorize music
After dessert, Crick was still four seats away from me : music, emotion, and the reptilian brain
What makes a musician? : expertise dissected
My favorite things : why do we like the music we like?
The music instinct : evolution's #1 hit.
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Daniel J. Levitin
Includes bibliographical references (p. -300) and index.
Music Psychological aspects.