Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

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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.

Title:Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0676979785
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages

    Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain Reviews

  • Mike
    Mar 11, 2008

    Dr. Sacks' Musicophilia covers a wide range of tremendously interesting instances of music's odd effects on the mind, however it's anecdotal nature is both its greatest strength and greatest weakness....

  • Sarah
    Jan 06, 2008

    Sacks is, for me, a perfect meeting of a science writer and a writer of creative non-fiction. He has an equal interest in telling an affecting, human story and with exploring how (and why) the brain w...

  • Glenn Sumi
    Mar 08, 2015

    Have you ever experienced an “ear worm” – i.e., a melody “stuck” in your head? Have you ever found yourself humming or whistling a tune for no reason, then thought back to the lyrics or them...

  • Jafar
    Jun 08, 2008

    This book was interesting, I guess. Lots of anecdotes about the effect of music on behavior and personality, but not enough analysis. Sacks usually is more of a story teller than a hardcore neuroscien...

  • Jason
    Dec 22, 2010

    It’s not a common characteristic, but I recommend this book for all environments where you read. Coffee shop, living room, park bench, subway, or to ignore your spouse--it receives my seal of 4+ sta...

  • Huda Aweys
    Jul 24, 2015

    في كتابي (الصوت روح) أشرت الى كوني مطمئنة ، و واثقة من أن الله عز و جل قد وفرّ للصم مداخل أخرى لأرواحهم (كوني عبر...

  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    Aug 22, 2008

    The neurologist Oliver Sacks has a great book called Musicophilia (and a series of talks available on YouTube) which goes into some really interesting descriptions of the brain's relationship to music...

  • Matt
    Mar 02, 2008

    Oliver Sacks has been one of my favorite authors ever since I first read The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. I still completely amazed, and a little bit disturbed, when I think back to his account...

  • Keith Putnam
    Feb 27, 2009

    I am a huge sucker for pop science about human consciousness. Sacks, unfortunately, has the habit of boring me with far too many anecdotes which he fails to link in any progression of Greater Understa...

  • Ghada
    Jun 27, 2012

    !....وحدها الموسيقى تبقىفي الكتاب حالات لبشر ما يقدروش يفتكروا أساميهم ما يقدروش يفتكروا إزاي يمسكوا المعلقه (ب...