In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between musicâ?its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy itâ?and the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin reveals:
â? How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world
â? Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre
â? That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise
â? How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our heads
And, taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin argues that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. This Is Your Brain on Music is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.
Cognitive scientist Dr. Daniel Levitin is a leading expert in auditory pattern processing, and has lent his specialized knowledge to both government agencies and rock bands in pursuit of sound clarity. Levitin is also a musician, record producer, and diehard rock fan, and in this fascinating book, he seamlessly blends his musical and scientific expertise by attempting to answer the important questions: What makes music so compelling to humans? How and why did our brains evolve to create and understand this phenomenon? Why do certain chord progressions make us sad and others make us feel uplifted? Levitin answers these questions in an engaging style that is informed by both knowledge and love of the subject. This 2006 release finds him well on the way to becoming a pop science favorite in the ranks of Stephen Pinker and Brian Greene.
- Psychology, Science, Music
- Neuropsychology, Philosophy + Social Aspects, Instruction + Study / Theory
- August 28, 2007
- August 28, 2007
- Daniel J. Levitin