This Is Your Brain on Music

This Is Your Brain on Music

The Science of a Human Obsession


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This Is Your Brain on Music

This Is Your Brain on Music

Daniel J. Levitin, Read by: Edward Herrmann

Awards

CINE Special Jury Prize for Arts and Culture – winner
Quill Award – winner
Rockie Award Nominee – winner

Praise

“I know Dan to have a deep musical knowledge and strong intellect combined with a warm spirit and a big heart. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music . . . He is a fine writer and has the ability to make difficult concepts very clear.”—STEVIE WONDER

Table of Contents

This Is Your Brain On MusicIntroduction
I Love Music and I Love Science—Why Would I Want to Mix the Two?

1. What Is Music?
From Pitch to Timbre

2. Foot Tapping
Discerning Rhythm, Loudness, and Harmony

3. Behind the Curtain
Music and the Mind Machine

4. Anticipation
What We Expect from Liszt (and Ludacris)

5. You Know My Name, Look Up the Number
How We Categorize Music

6. After Dessert, Crick Was Still Four Seats Away from Me
Music, Emotion, and the Reptilian Brain

7. What Makes a Musician?
Expertise Dissected

8. My Favorite Things
Why Do We Like the Music We Like?

9. The Music Instinct
Evolution’s #1 Hit

Appendices
Bibliographic Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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