This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession Reading Check
Title: This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession Author: Daniel J. Levitin
Date of Publication: August 28, 2007
Genre: Psychology, music
Information about the person or subject’s place in history: Daniel J. Levitin wrote four books and many scientific articles about his field of study. This book, This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, deals with the neuroscience of music and the neuroanatomy of musical concepts.
Author Information: Daniel J. Levitin is a neuroscientist, writer, musician, psychologist, and professor who is working at McGill University. Ever since high school, he has been writing for newspapers and magazines, such as the New York Times and the Palos Verdes View Newspaper. This certainly confirms his qualifications for writing on the subject because he has a vast amount of experience with writing, and since he is a professor on the subject, he is a veteran. Levitin provides analogies, real-life examples, and studies to present the subject. There is a bibliography that cites sources for each chapter, which indicates thoughtful research, since he uses studies performed by other scientists to support his reasoning and answers.
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“The basic elements of any sound are loudness, pitch, contour, duration (or rhythm), tempo, timbre, spacial location, and reverberation. Our brains organize these fundamental perceptual attributes into higher-level concepts… and these include meter, harmony, and melody. When we listen to music, we are actually perceiving multiple attributes or “dimensions.” (14). Daniel J. Levitin basically sums up what is going to be talking about in this book: musical concepts that are important and should be understood in order to see the close connection between these concepts and our responses to music and how we interpret them. This sets the beginning of a long analysis...
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