CINE Special Jury Prize for Arts and Culture WINNER
Quill Award WINNER
Rockie Award Nominee WINNER
“Endlessly stimulating, a marvelous overview, and one which only a deeply musical neuroscientist could give. . . . An important book.”
-Oliver Sacks, M.D.
“I loved reading that listening to music coordinates more disparate parts of the brain than almost anything else – and playing music uses even more! Despite illuminating a lot of what goes on, this book doesn’t ‘spoil’ enjoyment – it only deepens the beautiful mystery that is music.”
-David Byrne, founder of Talking Heads and author of How Music Works
“Levitin is a deft and patient explainer of the basics for the non-scientist as well as the non-musician. . . . By tracing music’s deep ties to memory, Levitin helps quantify some of music’s magic without breaking its spell.”
–Los Angeles Times Book Review
This Is Your Brain On MusicIntroduction
I Love Music and I Love ScienceWhy Would I Want to Mix the Two?
1. What Is Music?
From Pitch to Timbre
2. Foot Tapping
Discerning Rhythm, Loudness, and Harmony
3. Behind the Curtain
Music and the Mind Machine
What We Expect from Liszt (and Ludacris)
5. You Know My Name, Look Up the Number
How We Categorize Music
6. After Dessert, Crick Was Still Four Seats Away from Me
Music, Emotion, and the Reptilian Brain
7. What Makes a Musician?
8. My Favorite Things
Why Do We Like the Music We Like?
9. The Music Instinct
Evolution’s #1 Hit