Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, 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 o With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks e...

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Title:Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Author:Oliver Sacks
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain Reviews

  • Jafar
    Jun 08, 2008
    This book was interesting, I guess. Lots of anecdotes about the effect of music on behavior and personality, but not enough analysis. Sacks usually is more of a story teller than a hardcore neuroscientist in his popular book ? at least in the other two that I?ve read by him ? but...
  • Sarah
    Jan 06, 2008
    Sacks is, for me, a perfect meeting of a science writer and a writer of creative non-fiction. He has an equal interest in telling an affecting, human story and with exploring how (and why) the brain works. While lots of science writing is dry and objective (as it should be) and while m...
  • Matt
    Mar 02, 2008
    Oliver Sacks has been one of my favorite authors ever since I first read The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. I still completely amazed, and a little bit disturbed, when I think back to his account of the woman who lost her sense of proprioception - the internal body sense that lets...
  • liz
    Jan 06, 2008
    I wasn't hugely impressed with this. Sacks's writing sometimes gets extremely dry as he goes into the technicalities of how the brain functions. I found his other books, with chapters each covering a variety of conditions ("Anthropologist on Mars," "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a H...
  • Kelly
    Mar 05, 2017
    This was unexpectedly touching. I'm glad I finally read it. Review to come. ...
  • Malbadeen
    Jan 02, 2011
    Woooooooa!!! Heeeeeeey!!!! Look at me I'm Oliver Sacks and I'm tellin you some more wacky stuff about brains. oh-la-la. I'm so fancy. (interesting topic but I prefer the podcast interview to the book - which I was able to stick with through apx. chapter 6 before throwing in the t...
  • Bobby
    Nov 21, 2007
    I really tried to perservere with this book, but after 100 pages I had to put it down. First, although marketed to a popular audience (even making it to the best sellers list), there are massive amounts of musical jargon and a background of musical knowledge would be extrememly helpful...
  • Alex
    Dec 20, 2007
    Musicophelia is an enchanting read, though one is struck more by the phenomena depicted?amusias, musical hallucinations, comatose patients suddenly "awakened" by nothing more than a familiar melody?than the manner of their depiction. Sacks has always been lauded for his fluid, pers...
  • brian tanabe
    Feb 26, 2008
    This is my first oliver sacks -- I always meant to read the Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat but alas never got around to it. I love mr. sacks' delightful anecdotal storytelling and his intellect that makes fresh and accessible the study of the brain. It *almost* makes the issues ...
  • Aaron
    Nov 21, 2008
    Starts off with a fairly unsatisfying collection of anecdotes around loss or gain of musical ability. The real heft arrives halfway as Sacks starts pulling together the real research and making implications. The message here is that music is not some frivolous side effect of our neu...
  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    Aug 22, 2008
    The neurologist Oliver Sacks has a great book called Musicophilia (and a series of talks available on YouTube) which goes into some really interesting descriptions of the brain's relationship to music. One story involves a man getting hit by lightning and afterward having a newly acqui...
  • Keith Putnam
    Feb 27, 2009
    I am a huge sucker for pop science about human consciousness. Sacks, unfortunately, has the habit of boring me with far too many anecdotes which he fails to link in any progression of Greater Understanding. ...
  • Jason
    Dec 22, 2010
    It?s not a common characteristic, but I recommend this book for all environments where you read. Coffee shop, living room, park bench, subway, or to ignore your spouse--it receives my seal of 4+ stars. Musicophilia is a lurid, but respectable, look into the brains and lives of people...
  • Gada
    Jun 27, 2012
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  • عمر الحمادي
    Jul 01, 2018
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    Aug 08, 2013
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  • Donna
    Oct 13, 2018
    This is nonfiction neuroscience.....about the brain and music and how each of them can effect the other. Some of the science was fascinating. I also enjoyed the plethora of (case studies) stories the author cited. All the examples were different. I really felt for some of these patient...
  • Ana
    Sep 18, 2018
    My brain, my heart and my soul needed this. The most random playlist in history: Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah Guns N' Roses - November Rain The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter Led Zeppelin - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You Alice In Chains - Nutshell Mother Love Bone ? Chloe Dan...
  • رغد قاسم
    May 21, 2013
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  • Lynne King
    Feb 02, 2016
    I was flying forwards. Bewildered. I looked around. I saw my own body on the ground. I said to myself, ?Oh shit, I?m dead.? I saw people converging on the body. I saw a woman ? she had been standing waiting to use the phone right behind me - position herself over my body, give...
  • Benjamin
    Aug 10, 2015
    I get the feeling Oliver Sacks likes to reuse material. He retells the stories of his clients throughout his books, always with references to his other work. This isn't entirely bad, but I had to speed through some parts that were a tad bit repetitive. The subject matter is fascinating...
  • Huda Aweys
    Jul 24, 2015
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  • Arsnoctis
    Jan 29, 2018
    Non ho potuto dedicargli il tempo che avrei voluto, quindi il primo consiglio che mi sento di dare su questo libro : leggetelo con calma. Ci scritto, si tratta di un libro ricco di contenuti e naturalmente interessante per chiunque sia interessato alla musica, alle dinamiche del ce...
  • India
    Nov 30, 2018
    Sacks relives the pathologies of musical response in his patients while working at Beth Abraham Hospital. He describes music as a panacea and says, ?they were liberated by music.? This applies to patients with dementia and those suffering from Williams Syndrome. Despite low IQ, he ...
  • Faye
    Dec 15, 2014
    2.5 stars I am a music geek. I play piano and I'm also taking a Music Theory Class right now. So I was really pumped to read a book about how music affects you. But the thing is, all these concept aren't explored. I feel like too many topics were squeezed into one book. Even ...
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    Oct 02, 2016
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  • Glenn Sumi
    Mar 08, 2015
    Have you ever experienced an ?ear worm? ? i.e., a melody ?stuck? in your head? Have you ever found yourself humming or whistling a tune for no reason, then thought back to the lyrics or theme of that song and realized it had something to do with what?s on your mind? Have yo...
  • Pierre Menard
    Aug 09, 2016
    Leggendo questo bellissimo saggio di Sacks, rimango ancora una volta stupito dalla complessit del cervello umano, che si rende palpabile in questo lungo e dettagliato esame delle patologie neurologiche legate all'ampia sfera musicale. Proprio il fatto che esistano cos tanti e cos...
  • Virginia Pavone
    Jan 20, 2017
    Musicofilia un saggio da leggere sicuramente in pillole, cosa che non ho fatto io. Ci nonostante, questo bel tomo di 400 pagine, rimane un interessantissimo saggio sul rapporto cervello/musica. Quanta rilevanza ha la musica nelle nostre vite? Perch in alcuni pazienti post trauma...
  • Aya Abo3ghreb
    Nov 04, 2017
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