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Tales of Music and the Brain

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An edition of Musicophilia (2007)

Musicophilia

Tales of Music and the Brain

7th printing
  • 3.65 ·
  • 17 Ratings
  • 103 Want to read
  • 2 Currently reading
  • 20 Have read
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Alfred A. Knopf
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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 more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia.

Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why.

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Cover of: Musicophilia
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
2008, Vintage Canada
Trade Paperback in English - Vintage Canada Edition
Cover of: Musicophilia
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
2008, Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover in English - 16th printing
Cover of: Musicophilia
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
2008-09, Vintage Books
Paperback in English - Rev. and expanded, 1st Vintage Books ed. (13)
Cover of: Musicofilia
Musicofilia: racconti sulla musica e il cervello
2008, Adelphi Edizioni
in Italian
Cover of: Musicophillia
Musicophillia: Tales of Music and the Brain
2007-11, Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover in English - 5th printing
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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
2007, Knopf
Electronic resource in English
Cover of: Musicophilia
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
2007-11, Alfred A. Knopf
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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
2007, Picador
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Table of Contents

Haunted by music. A bolt from the blue : sudden musicophilia ; A strangely familiar feeling : musical seizures ; Fear of music : musicogenic epilepsy ; Music on the brain : imagery and imagination ; Brain worms, sticky music and catchy tunes ; Musical hallucinations --
A range of musicality. Sense and sensibility : a range of musicality ; Things fall apart : amusia and dysharmonia ; Papa blows his nose in G : absolute pitch ; Pitch imperfect : cochlear amusia ; In living stereo : why we have two ears ; Two thousand operas : musical savants ; An auditory world : music and blindness ; The key of clear green : synesthesia and music --
Memory, movement, and music. In the moment : music and amnesia ; Speech and song : asphia and music therapy ; Accidental davening : dyskinesia and cantillation ; Come together : music and Tourette's syndrome ; Keeping time : rhythm and movement ; Kinetic melody: parkinson's disease and music therapy ; Phantom fingers: the case of the one-armed pianist ; Athletes of the small muscles : musician's dystonia --
Emotion, identity, and music. Awake and asleep : musical dreams ; Seduction and indiference ; Lamentations : music and depression ; The case of Harry S. : music and emotion ; Irrepressible : music and the temporal lobes ; A hypermusical species : Williams syndrome ; Music and identity : dementia and music therapy.

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
2007

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
781/.11
Library of Congress
ML3830 .S13 2007

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Hardcover

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26647321M
Internet Archive
musicophilia00oliv
ISBN 10
1400040817
ISBN 13
9781400040810
LCCN
2007006810
OCLC/WorldCat
1019525858
Amazon ID (ASIN)
1400040817
Google
2OI2vQEACAAJ
Goodreads
80049

Work Description

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 more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia.

Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why.

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What an odd thing it is to see an entire species - billions of people- playing with, listening to, meaningless tonal patters, occupied and preoccupied for much of their time by what they call "music."
added by Lisa. "first sentence"

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