Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Your Brain on Music

Am catching up on reading my Bloglines feeds ... so there'll be a flurry of stuff posted on here most likely. This fascinating piece in Salon on the complexity that is involved in the brain processing and understanding music.
You may feel like the songs are grabbing your heart, but what's actually going on is in your head. There, says Daniel J. Levitin in his new book "This Is Your Brain on Music," an "exquisite orchestration of brain regions" are engaged in a "precision choreography of neurochemical uptake and release." Why human beings make and enjoy music is, in Levitin's telling, a delicious story of evolution, anatomy, perception and computation -- a story that's all the more thrilling when you consider its result, the joy of living in a world filled with music.

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