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This Is Your Brain On Music: Understanding a Human Obsession

Daniel J. Levitin

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Plume
10 September 2008
Music; Theory of music & musicology; Perception
This 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.
By:   Daniel J. Levitin
Imprint:   Plume
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   326g
ISBN:   9781843547167
ISBN 10:   1843547163
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   10 September 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   No Longer Our Product

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.

Reviews for This Is Your Brain On Music: Understanding a Human Obsession

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. * Sting * Endlessly stimulating. -- Oliver Sacks Consistently interesting... Music, Levitin argues, is not a decadent modern diversion but something of fundamental importance to the history of human development. * Literary Review * Fascinating... Levitin's extremely skilled at laying out complex concepts in understandable terms... an absorbing explanation of the mechanics of music. * Sunday Business Post * Fluent and readable... [Levitin] rightly insists that we are all better equipped to perform and appreciate music than we think... We are, he says, hard-wired for music. * Observer *


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