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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain By Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition Paperback September , by Musicophilia Oliver Sacks, M.D Author, Neurologist In Musicophilia, 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 Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks Musicophilia is a lurid, but respectable, look into the brains and lives of people that appear normal on the outside, but have strong, strange and intractable relationships to music The relationship is sometimes harmful, often incomprehensible, sometimes therapeutic, even charming, but always It s not a common characteristic, but I recommend this book for all environments where you read. Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks Revised and Expanded With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. Oliver Sacks Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain Aug , Neurologist Oliver Sacks discusses his book Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain, at Cambridge Forum Sacks argues that music is essential to being human in ways that have only begun to be Musicophilia Tales of Music and the book by Oliver Sacks Sep , Musicophilia is an absolutely phenomenal book, and will be of interest to anyone fascinated by music, mysteries of the mind, and the human condition Sacks covers different topics, ranging from synesthesia, to musical hallucinations, to savants, and beyond. Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain The subtitle, Tales of Music and the Brain, is accurate we have a charming and informative mixture of stories of patients and the neurophysiology that interprets how music is processed and performed. Musicophilia tales of music and the brain Book, Musicophilia tales of music and the brain Oliver Sacks 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. Musicophilia Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain is a book by neurologist Oliver Sacks about music and the human brain The book was released on October , and published by Knopf Four case studies from the book are featured in the NOVA program Musical Minds aired on June , Reviews

  • Title: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
  • Author: Oliver Sacks
  • ISBN: 9780676979787
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, 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 oWith the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, 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 Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks latest masterpiece.
    Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human conditio

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    1. Sacks is, for me, a perfect meeting of a science writer and a writer of creative non fiction He has an equal interest in telling an affecting, human story and with exploring how and why the brain works While lots of science writing is dry and objective as it should be and while mainstream feature writing often ignores the complicated science stuff, Sacks is a rare talent who has a penchant for story telling and for explaining the newest research on the brain He doesn t condescend, and he doesn [...]

    2. Have you ever experienced an ear worm i.e a melody stuck in your head Have you ever found yourself humming or whistling a tune for no reason, then thought back to the lyrics or theme of that song and realized it had something to do with what s on your mind Have you ever tried to remember what letter comes after another in the alphabet and found yourself singing that ABC song from childhood Check, check and check.All of these are explored in Musicophilia, a fascinating series of essays by Dr Oliv [...]

    3. This book was interesting, I guess Lots of anecdotes about the effect of music on behavior and personality, but not enough analysis Sacks usually is of a story teller than a hardcore neuroscientist in his popular book at least in the other two that I ve read by him but in this book he fails to be a good story teller too Too many tidbits and little stories I definitely recommend This Is Your Brain on Music over this book if you re interested in a real scientific analysis of music and our obsessi [...]

    4. It s not a common characteristic, but I recommend this book for all environments where you read Coffee shop, living room, park bench, subway, or to ignore your spouse it receives my seal of 4 stars Musicophilia is a lurid, but respectable, look into the brains and lives of people that appear normal on the outside, but have strong, strange and intractable relationships to music The relationship is sometimes harmful, often incomprehensible, sometimes therapeutic, even charming, but always unforget [...]

    5. The neurologist Oliver Sacks has a great book called Musicophilia and a series of talks available on YouTube which goes into some really interesting descriptions of the brain s relationship to music One story involves a man getting hit by lightning and afterward having a newly acquired and deeply profound love of music almost any music, too , profound to the point that he would feel a euphoria akin to religio mystical rapture or an extremely pleasurable drug experience in all situations if music [...]

    6. Oliver Sacks has been one of my favorite authors ever since I first read The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat I still completely amazed, and a little bit disturbed, when I think back to his account of the woman who lost her sense of proprioception the internal body sense that lets you know your body is there, even when you have your eyes closed No other author since Proust has explored the nuances of consciousness so carefully, nor pointed out how tenuous the our grip on reality can be.I ve en [...]

    7. I am a huge sucker for pop science about human consciousness Sacks, unfortunately, has the habit of boring me with far too many anecdotes which he fails to link in any progression of Greater Understanding.

    8. I was flying forwards Bewildered I looked around I saw my own body on the ground I said to myself, Oh shit, I m dead I saw people converging on the body I saw a woman she had been standing waiting to use the phone right behind me position herself over my body, give it CPR I floated up the stairs my consciousness came with me I saw my kids, had the realization that they would be okay Then I was surrounded by a bluish white light an enormous feeling of well being and peace The highest and lowest p [...]

    9. I really tried to perservere with this book, but after 100 pages I had to put it down First, although marketed to a popular audience even making it to the best sellers list , there are massive amounts of musical jargon and a background of musical knowledge would be extrememly helpful Second, the books seemed to lack cohesive threads or narritive I found it extremely disjointed with every few paragraphs changing to a different patient with very few being fully developed or resolved Third, I was a [...]

    10. This is my first oliver sacks I always meant to read the Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat but alas never got around to it.I love mr sacks delightful anecdotal storytelling and his intellect that makes fresh and accessible the study of the brain It almost makes the issues dealt with in the book pleasant.In a nutshell, this book is about the power of music, backed by many accounts from the medical perspective of the interaction between music and the brain It s hard to tell without a lot of backg [...]

    11. I wasn t hugely impressed with this Sacks s writing sometimes gets extremely dry as he goes into the technicalities of how the brain functions I found his other books, with chapters each covering a variety of conditions Anthropologist on Mars, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat , to be much stronger, even though they were less consistent thematically It seemed that at times Sacks had to stretch to find patients with some of the musical conditions he described not a good sign, since some of h [...]

    12. Starts off with a fairly unsatisfying collection of anecdotes around loss or gain of musical ability The real heft arrives halfway as Sacks starts pulling together the real research and making implications.The message here is that music is not some frivolous side effect of our neurology Rather, music is processed by dedicated machinery in our brains and can affect us in profound and surprising ways.There are tantalising implications that humans have the capacity for much greater musical ability, [...]

    13. I get the feeling Oliver Sacks likes to reuse material He retells the stories of his clients throughout his books, always with references to his other work This isn t entirely bad, but I had to speed through some parts that were a tad bit repetitive The subject matter is fascinating, and perfectly delivered for the layman Which I happen to be I have a newfound respect for the power of music therapy and music itself.

    14. Leggendo questo bellissimo saggio di Sacks, rimango ancora una volta stupito dalla complessit del cervello umano, che si rende palpabile in questo lungo e dettagliato esame delle patologie neurologiche legate all ampia sfera musicale Proprio il fatto che esistano cos tanti e cos vari disturbi associati alla percezione e alla produzione musicale testimonia quanto profondo e articolato sia il rapporto tra la mente umana e la musica, che come anche le altre arti sembra essere quasi superflua da un [...]

    15. Non ho potuto dedicargli il tempo che avrei voluto, quindi il primo consiglio che mi sento di dare su questo libro leggetelo con calma Ci scritto, si tratta di un libro ricco di contenuti e naturalmente interessante per chiunque sia interessato alla musica, alle dinamiche del cervello umano o a entrambe le cose Un testo ricco di curiosit e aneddoti che ha la caratteristica di rifiutare la forma del romanzo o della storia unica per frammentarsi in una serie di minisaggi su singole persone e o pat [...]

    16. Musicophelia is an enchanting read, though one is struck by the phenomena depicted amusias, musical hallucinations, comatose patients suddenly awakened by nothing than a familiar melody than the manner of their depiction Sacks has always been lauded for his fluid, personable style, and for good reason, but in the wake of classics such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Uncle Tungsten, his writing seems excessively florid and repetitive neither tight enough nor substantial enough to [...]

    17. 2.5 starsI am a music geek I play piano and I m also taking a Music Theory Class right now So I was really pumped to read a book about how music affects you.But the thing is, all these concept aren t explored I feel like too many topics were squeezed into one book Even , some of them are very repetitive In this book, I ve read in so many chapters about how people with certain disorders and illnesses have a special reaction to music Yes, there are many diseases, but it just got really repetitive [...]

    18. Musicofilia un saggio da leggere sicuramente in pillole, cosa che non ho fatto io Ci nonostante, questo bel tomo di 400 pagine, rimane un interessantissimo saggio sul rapporto cervello musica Quanta rilevanza ha la musica nelle nostre vite Perch in alcuni pazienti post traumatici o post coma insorge tutto a un tratto uno spirito musicale Perch i tormentoni ci rimangono in testa la muiscoterapia davvero efficace Tutte queste domande e molte altre vengono analizzate in modo esaustivo tramite anedd [...]

    19. Woooooooa Heeeeeeey Look at me I m Oliver Sacks and I m tellin you some wacky stuff about brains.oh la la I m so fancy interesting topic but I prefer the podcast interview to the book which I was able to stick with through apx chapter 6 before throwing in the towell npr templates story st

    20. Summary Renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks chronicles the neuroscience of music the various ways music affects the brain, and the unusual effects of various neurological conditions on our perception, performance, and experience of music.Oliver Sacks died on August 30 of this year A few months earlier, my son gave me this book, and it seemed especially appropriate to pull it off the to be read pile and acquaint myself with the work of this neuroscientist and physician Before opening the book, I ha [...]

    21. Livro muito bom e me lembrou muito o livro Gen tica, no sentido de ser uma s rie de relatos m dicos vividos pelos pr prios pacientes do Oliver ou por casos que chegaram at o conhecimento dele, onde ele analisa cada um desses casos Mas justamente por ser apenas isso o livro que n o dei cinco estrelas, chega em alguns momentos que fica cansativo e mon tono, mas n o estraga a obra toda o primeiro livro que leio do Oliver Sacks e gostei bastante do estilo dele, pois sempre que pode traz as hist rias [...]

    22. In his characteristic compassion and curiosity Oliver Sacks looks at what seems to be the infinite ways that music interacts with our brains from the worms that play maddeningly in our heads to the power of music as an aid in communication with people who either from birth or from stroke or other life altering situation have lost the ability to vocalize And okay, this blows my mind, that people who otherwise cannot remember the sequence of basic routines in life, like getting up, shaving, making [...]

    23. I m reading this slowly and between other books I have it on my electronic reader and so usually focus on it when I m traveling I always feel I learn something from Sacks, and this book is no different in that respect Now finished I love Sacks I always learn something His stories or examples are terrific And there is an underlying humanity to him that always seems to understand what is good about someone, no matter how serious the neurologic, etc defect In this book, he explores the power of mus [...]

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