Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain

ISBN-10: 1400040817

ISBN-13: 9781400040810

Edition: 2007

Authors: 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. InMusicophilia,he 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; from people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds—for everything but music. Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: 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 whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia. Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and inMusicophilia,Oliver Sacks tells us why.
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Oliver Wolf Sacks is a neurologist and writer. He was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. Sacks earned his medical degree at Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA. In 1965, Sacks became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. He also worked with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Sacks' work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Sacks was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also wrote Mind's Eye which made The NewYork Times Bestseller list for 2010.

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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