Have you ever wondered what is happening in the brain when you hear music? How do virtuoso musicians learn to play works of great complexity with ease? Why are certain songs catchier than others? In This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (Dutton Penguin, 2006), neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin summarizes currents in cognitive research involving how we perceive, experience, and learn music. Levitin’s engaging style and brisk pacing make the sometimes dense subject matter entertaining and easy to follow for listeners and musicians alike. The book has received praise from a wide range of scientific and musical luminaries from Francis Crick to Victor Wooten, and has become required reading in numerous university music programs.
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