Tales of Music and the Brain

Sacks, Oliver W.

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"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. Dr. Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson's disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people who are deeply disoriented by Alzheimer's or schizophrenia."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed., Rev. and expanded
ISBN: 1400033535
Branch Call Number: 781.11 S121m 2008
Characteristics: xv, 425 p. ;,21 cm


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Oct 13, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Oliver Sacks 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 -- and much more.

Sep 24, 2014
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I've read the book to a certain point. It's fairly interesting but not riveting and one of the key problems I have with his writing is his belief/support of evolutionary theory. That's how I see it anyway. I didn't finish the book as I lost interest in the subject and his writing style is part of the reason why I stopped.

Nov 21, 2013
  • jonesisinger rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found the book very interesting. It validates the use of music when used therapeutically. I found the section about music and dementia very helpful and applicable.

Dec 27, 2010
  • Sunny222 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This book did not hold my interest. It would be more interesting to someone who loves classical music, or someone who plays music or who is fascinated by how the brain processes sound and music.


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Nov 21, 2013
  • jonesisinger rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Musical perception, musical sensibility, musical emotion and musical memory can survive long after other forms of memory have disappeared. Music of the right kind can serve to orient and anchor a patient when almost nothing else can. Page 337


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