On this groundbreaking union of artwork and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its efficiency, its composition, how we hearken to it, why we take pleasure in it—and the human mind.

Taking over outstanding thinkers who argue that music is nothing greater than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is prime to our species, maybe much more so than language. Drawing on the most recent analysis and on musical examples starting from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he reveals:

• How composers produce a number of the most delightful results of listening to music by exploiting the way in which our brains make sense of the world
• Why we’re so emotionally hooked up to the music we listened to as youngsters, whether or not it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre
• That apply, moderately than expertise, is the driving drive behind musical experience
• How these insidious little jingles (referred to as earworms) get caught in our head

A Los Angeles Instances E-book Award finalist, This Is Your Mind on Music will entice readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it’s an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession on the coronary heart of human nature.This Is Your Mind on Music The Science of a Human Obsession
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