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May 08, 2015
Music and the brain
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Musicophilia: tales of music and the brain by Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks's compassionate, compelling tales of people
struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally
changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In
Musicophilia, he 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; from people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering
of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds--for everything
Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks
explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a
surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault
them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: 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 whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer's or amnesia.
Alive inside: A story of music & memory [DVD]
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken
our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael
Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the
country who have been revitalized and awakened by the simple act of listening to
the music of their youth.