This Is Your Brain On Music

Understanding a Human Obsession

by Daniel J. Levitin

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  • 9781843547167
  • 9780857895141

Ever wondered why you can identify your favourite song from hearing only the first two notes? Or why you can't get that annoying jingle out of your head? Daniel Levitin's breathtaking - and wholly accessible - book, now published as an ebook, explains why.

This is the first book to offer a comprehensive explanation of how humans experience music and to unravel the mystery of our perennial love affair with it. Using musical examples from Bach to the Beatles, Levitin reveals the role of music in human evolution, shows how our musical preferences begin to form even before we are born and explains why music can offer such an emotional experience.

Music is an obsession at the heart of human nature, even more fundamental to our species than language. In This Is Your Brain On Music Levitin offers nothing less than a new way to understand it, and its role in human life.

  • Atlantic Books; July 2011
  • ISBN: 9780857895141
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: This Is Your Brain On Music
  • Author: Daniel J. Levitin
  • Imprint: Atlantic Books
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781843547167
  • 9780857895141

In The Press

Music seems to have an almost willful, evasive quality, defying simple explanation, so that the more we find out, the more there is to know... Daniel Levitin's book is an eloquent and poetic exploration of this paradox.

About The Author

Daniel Levitin runs the Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University, Canada, where he holds the James McGill Chair. Before becoming a neuroscientist, he was a session musician, sound engineer and record producer.