By Daniel J. Levitin

What can track train us in regards to the mind? What can the mind train us approximately track? And what can either educate us approximately ourselves?

 In this groundbreaking union of paintings and technology, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin (The international in Six Songs and The equipped Mind) explores the relationship among tune - its functionality, its composition, how we take heed to it, why we take pleasure in it - and the human mind. Drawing at the most recent learn and on musical examples starting from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin reveals:

  • How composers produce probably the most fulfilling results of hearing track by way of exploiting the best way our brains make experience of the world
  • Why we're so emotionally hooked up to the tune we listened to as youngsters, even if it used to be Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre
  • That perform, instead of expertise, is the motive force in the back of musical expertise
  • How these insidious little jingles (called earworms) get caught in our head

Taking on in demand thinkers who argue that track is not anything greater than an evolutionary coincidence, Levitin poses that song is prime to our species, maybe even extra so than language. A la occasions publication Award finalist, This Is Your mind on Music will allure readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, because it is an exceptional, eye-opening research into an obsession on the center of human nature.

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