Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We're a musical species

Author and neurologist Oliver Sacks did a great segment with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show the other day discussing the effect that music has on the brain. His latest book is called MUSICOPHILIA and it's a fascinating look at the power of music.
From his

"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."

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