Musicophilia

Musicophilia

Tales of Music and the Brain

Book - 2007
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What goes on in human beings when they make or listen to music? What is it about music, what gives it such peculiar power over us, power delectable and beneficent for the most part, but also capable of uncontrollable and sometimes destructive force? Music has no concepts, it lacks images; it has no power of representation, it has no relation to the world. And yet it is evident in all of us-we tap our feet, we keep time, hum, sing, conduct music, mirror the melodic contours and feelings of what we hear in our movements and expressions. In this book, Oliver Sacks explores the power music wields over us-a power that sometimes we control and at other times don't. He explores, in his inimitable fashion, how it can provide access to otherwise unreachable emotional states, how it can revivify neurological avenues that have been frozen, evoke memories of earlier, lost events or states or bring those with neurological disorders back to a time when the world was much richer. This is a book that explores, like no other, the myriad dimensions of our experience of and with music.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676979787
0676979785
Branch Call Number: 781.11 Sac 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xiv, 381 p
Alternative Title: Tales of music and the brain

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1aa
Aug 17, 2017

Fascinating topic, enthusiastically yet sympathetically written in a overly-organized book (one of the chapters is barely two pages in length). Just about every single angle about music and human brains is covered -- various types of musical hallucinations, various types of amusia: permanent and temporary, congenital and what sorts of illnesses they are associated with, various sorts of music therapies, historical anecdotes, and much more; each is illustrated with patient cases.

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glotet
Jun 09, 2017

I found this book fascinating and informative. It provided me with much to ponder about music and the brain. Those who love music and have an interest in neuroscience will be richly rewarded.

KCLSRecommends Oct 13, 2014

Oliver Sacks 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 -- and much more.

I've read the book to a certain point. It's fairly interesting but not riveting and one of the key problems I have with his writing is his belief/support of evolutionary theory. That's how I see it anyway. I didn't finish the book as I lost interest in the subject and his writing style is part of the reason why I stopped.

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jonesisinger
Nov 21, 2013

I found the book very interesting. It validates the use of music when used therapeutically. I found the section about music and dementia very helpful and applicable.

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Sunny222
Dec 27, 2010

This book did not hold my interest. It would be more interesting to someone who loves classical music, or someone who plays music or who is fascinated by how the brain processes sound and music.

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Nov 21, 2013

Musical perception, musical sensibility, musical emotion and musical memory can survive long after other forms of memory have disappeared. Music of the right kind can serve to orient and anchor a patient when almost nothing else can. Page 337

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