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Art, Mind, and Brain: A Cognitive Approach to Creativity by Howard Gardner
BF411 .G37 1982  Check Availability
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"In a provocative discussion of the sources of human creativity, Gardner explores all aspects of the subject, from the young child’s ability to learn a new song through Mozart’s conceiving a complete symphony."
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Music, the Brain, and Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination by Robert Jourdain
Reserve ML3830 .J68 1998  Check Availability
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"Synthesizing recent research from the burgeoning science of musical psychoacoustics, Jourdain, a California musician, provides a richly informative, exuberant, wonderfully accessible introduction to how we perceive and experience music. Choosing examples eclectically, from Henry Mancini's "The Pink Panther" to Mozart, Stravinsky and Duke Ellington, he explores how, when we compose, perform or listen to music, the brain assembles musical devices, patterns and harmonies into vast, meaningful hierarchies of sound."
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Music and Emotion: Theory and Research by Patrik N. Juslin and John A. Sloboda
ML3830 .M873 2001  Check Availability
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"The position of emotion in music has been a subject of considerable interest and debate. However emotional aspects of music have received surprising little attention in the 45 years since the publication of Leonard Meyer's classic work 'Emotion and meaning in music.' During that time, both 'music psychology' and 'emotion' have developed as lively areas of research, and the time is fitting therefore to try and bring together this multidisciplinary interest and take stock of what we now know about this important relationship."
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This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
Reserve ML3830 .L38 2007  Check Availability
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"Levitin's fascination with the mystery of music and the study of why it affects us so deeply is at the heart of this book. In a real sense, the author is a "rock 'n' roll doctor," and in that guise dissects our relationship with music. He points out that bone flutes are among the oldest of human artifacts to have been found and takes readers on a tour of our bio-history."
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The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin
ML3838 .L48 2008  Check Availability
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"Charles Darwin meets the Beatles in this attempt to blend neuroscience and evolutionary biology to explain why music is such a powerful force. In this rewarding though often repetitious study by bestselling author Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music), a rock musician turned neuroscientist, argues that music is a core element of human identity, paving the way for language, cooperative work projects and the recording of our lives and history."
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Music, Language, and the Brain by Aniruddh D. Patel
ML3830.P38 2010  Check Availability
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"In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently."
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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver W. Sacks
ML3830 .S13 2007  Check Availability
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"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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Music, Language, and the Brain by Aniruddh D. Patel
ML3830.P38 2010  Check Availability
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"In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently."
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Brain and Music by Stefan Koelsch
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A comprehensive survey of the latest neuroscientific research into the effects of music on the brain
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Music and the Mind by Anthony Storr
ML3830 .S77 1992  Check Availability
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Dr. Storr was a practicing psychiatrist for nearly forty years and is a distinguished thinker about the sources of creativity. He is deeply concerned with the psychology of the creative process and with the healing power of the arts. Here he explains how, in a culture which requires us in our daily working lives to separate rational thought from feelings, music reunites the mind and body, restoring our sense of personal wholeness.
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