This Is Your Brain on Music
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In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin reveals:p

liHow composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the worldbr
liWhy we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Drebr
liThat practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertisebr
liHow those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our headsp

And, taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin argues that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. iThis Is Your Brain on Musici is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.

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