Tales of Music and the Brain

Book - 2008
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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 like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds - for everything but music. Dr. Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson's disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people who are deeply disoriented by Alzheimer's or schizophrenia."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008
Edition: Rev. and expanded, 1st Vintage books ed
ISBN: 9781400033539
Characteristics: xv, 425 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number: 781.11 SAC

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Jul 09, 2018

this book is outstanding

Jan 21, 2018

It is "tales" and the tales are fascinating, but I would have like to know more about what it all means.

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.

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.

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.

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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