May 15, 2009

Tales of music and the brain: Dr. Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia

I've just finished reading Dr. Sacks' brilliant book Musicophilia.

Dr. Sacks is a neurologist who has written other popular books such as Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars.

Musicophilia collects many stories and insights on different aspects of music related to the human brain, each analyzed from a different perspective: from epilepsy to musical allucinations, from amusia to musical savants, from Williams syndrome to Alzheimers.

A great collection of tales of music and the brain, some of which are really incredible. It is indeed an understudied area of knowledge, and Dr. Sacks illustrates every single aspect thoroughly and pleasantly.

Oliver Sacks official webpage.

Below is a video from youtube, you may also find many others.


  1. serio! the rhythm make people move together!move it move it! Il neurologo è preso strabene...

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