Daniel J. Levitin – This Is Your Brain on Music


Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life – even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last becoming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a cutting-edge study and a tribute to the beauty of music itself, This Is Your Brain on Music unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature, including:

Are our musical preferences shaped in utero?

Is there a cutoff point for acquiring new tastes in music?

What do PET scans and MRIs reveal about the brains response to music?

Is musical pleasure different from other kinds of pleasure?

This Is Your Brain on Music explores cultures in which singing is considered an essential human function, patients who have a rare disorder that prevents them from making sense of music, and scientists studying why two people may not have the same definition of pitch. At every turn, this provocative work unlocks deep secrets about how nature and nurture forge a uniquely human obsession.

Author: Daniel J. Levitin
Narrator: Daniel J. Levitin
Duration: 11 hours 46 minutes
Released: 20 Apr 2002
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

competence wide

I bought this audio book today, finished it today, and was very, very disappointed that this was the only book out by Dr. Stout!

She has amazing insight, not only as a Doctor, but as a human being, in general. Her stories were capitvating (especially the one of “Hannah”) and I felt like I was listening to a novel – not because it was unbelievable or fantastical, but because she has this objective, yet vividly descriptive way of describing this disorder, and the people who are affected by it.

If you are like 96% of the population, and not sociopathic, I recommend this book. If you have children (especially if they are about to go out into the big, “bad” world) I recommend this book. If you are just interested in learning more about your disorder, I recommend this book 🙂