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Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain

Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: London : Picador, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An illuminating book about the power of music, from the bestselling author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Sacks
ISBN: 9781447222705 1447222709 9780330444361 0330444360 0330418378 9780330418379
OCLC Number: 1004106482
Notes: On t.p. in the word Musicophilia "s" appears as a segno, "p" appears as a minim and a pause sign appears over each "i." Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-367) and index. AUTH.
Awards: Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2009
Description: 425 pages
Contents: 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 --
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 --
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 --
Emotion, identity, and music. Awake and asleep : musical dreams ; Seduction and indifference ; Lamentations : music and depression ; 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.
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"Oliver Sacks is that rare creature, a respected man of science who is also a mean storyteller." --"Toronto Star" "From the Hardcover edition."

 
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