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Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain

Author: Oliver W Sacks
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Rev. and expanded, 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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"Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls "musical misalignments." Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver W Sacks
ISBN: 1400033535 9781400033539
OCLC Number: 191922997
Description: 425 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Haunted by music --
Range of musicality --
Memory, movement, and music --
Emotion, identity, and music. Pt. 1: 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 --
Brainworms, sticky music, and catchy tunes --
Musical hallucinations --
Pt. 2: 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 --
Pt. 3: Memory, movement, and music. In the moment: music and amnesia --
Speech and song: aphasia 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 --
Pt. 4: Emotion, identity, and music. Awake and asleep: musical dreams --
Seduction and indifference --
Lamentations: music, madness, and melancholia --
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.
Responsibility: Oliver Sacks.

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From the legendary neurologist and bestselling author of "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" comes a powerful and compassionate ("New York Times") book that examines the power  Read more...

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"Powerful and compassionate. . . . A book that not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind." Read more...

 
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