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Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain

Author: Oliver W Sacks
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sacks, Oliver W.
Musicophilia.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
(OCoLC)682374509
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver W Sacks
ISBN: 9781400040810 1400040817 9780676979787 0676979785
OCLC Number: 85692744
Description: xiv, 381 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Preface --
pt. 1. Haunted by music --
1. A bolt from the blue : sudden musicophilia --
2. A strangely familiar feeling : musical seizures --
3. Fear of music : musicogenic epilepsy --
4. Music on the brain : imagery and imagination --
5. Brainworms, sticky music and catchy tunes --
6. Musical hallucinations --
pt. 2. A range of musicality --
7. Sense and sensibility : a range of musicality --
8. Things fall apart : amusia and dysharmonia --
9. Papa blows his nose in G : absolute pitch --
10. Pitch imperfect : cochlear amusia --
11. In living stereo : why we have two ears --
12. Two thousand operas : musical savants --
13. An auditory world : music and blindness --
14. The key of clear green : synesthesia and music --
pt. 3. Memory, movement, and music --
15. In the moment : music and amnesia --
16. Speech and song : aphasia and music therapy --
17. Accidental davening : dyskinesia and cantillation --
18. Come together : music and Tourette's Syndrome --
19. Keeping time : rhythm and movement --
20 Kinetic melody : Parkinson's disease and music therapy --
21. Phantom fingers : the case of the one-armed pianist --
22. Athletes of the small muscles : musician's dystonia. pt. 4. Emotion, identity, and music --
23. Awake and asleep : musical dreams --
24. Seduction and indifference --
25. Lamentations : music and depression --
26. The case of Harry S. : music and emotion --
27. Irrepressible : music and the temporal lobes --
28. A hypermusical species : Williams Syndrome --
29. Music and identity : dementia and music therapy --
Acknowledgments --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Oliver Sacks.
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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. Here, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and Oliver Sacks tells us why.--From publisher description.

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