Music and the Brain: Studies in the Neurology of Music is a collaborative work that discusses musical perception in the context of medical science. The book is comprised of 24 chapters that are organized into two parts. The first part of the text details the various aspects of nervous function involved in musical activity, which include neural and mechanicals aspects of singing; neurophysiological interpretation of musical ability; and ecstatic and synesthetic experiences during musical perception. The second part deals with the effects of nervous disease on musical function, such as musicogenic epilepsy, the amusias, and occupational palsies. The book will be of great interest to students, researchers, and practitioners of disciplines that deal with the nervous system, such as psychology, neurology, and psychiatry.
Did you ever ask whether music makes people smart, why a Parkinson patient's gait is improved with marching tunes, and whether Robert Schumann was suffering from schizophrenia or Alzheimer's disease? This broad but comprehensive book deals with history and new discoveries about music and the brain. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview on music processing, its effects on brain plasticity, and the healing power of music in neurological and psychiatric disorders. In this context, the disorders the plagued famous musicians and how they affected both performance and composition are critically discussed, and music as medicine, as well as music as a potential health hazard are examined. Among the other topics covered are: how music fit into early conceptions of localization of function in the brain, the cultural roots of music in evolution, and the important roles played by music in societies and educational systems. Topic: Music is interesting to almost everybody Orientation: This book looks at music and the brain both historically and in the light of the latest research findings Comprehensiveness: This is the largest and most comprehensive volume on "music and neurology" ever written! Quality of authors: This volume is written by a unique group of real world experts representing a variety of fields, ranging from history of science and medicine to neurology and musicology
Music, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Historical Connections and Perspectives provides a broad and comprehensive discussion of history and new discoveries regarding music and the brain, presenting a multidisciplinary overview on music processing, its effects on brain plasticity, and the healing power of music in neurological and psychiatric disorders. In this context, the disorders that plagued famous musicians and how they affected both performance and composition are critically discussed, as is music as medicine and its potential health hazard. Additional topics, including the way music fits into early conceptions of localization of function in the brain, its cultural roots in evolution, and its important roles in societies and educational systems are also explored. Examines music and the brain both historically and in the light of the latest research findings The largest and most comprehensive volume on "music and neurology" ever written Written by a unique group of real world experts representing a variety of fields, ranging from history of science and medicine, to neurology and musicology Includes a discussion of the way music has cultural roots in evolution and its important role in societies
Reflecting on and developing the applications of music therapy, this collection will help establish effective therapy methods in which the creative use of music is employed by skilled and clinically experienced music therapists in a client-oriented interactive process.
This title includes the following features: The first book to describe the neural bases of music; Edited and written by the leading researchers in this field; An important addition to OUP's acclaimed list in music psychology
The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Brain is a groundbreaking compendium of current research on music in the human brain. It brings together an international roster of 54 authors from 13 countries providing an essential guide to this rapidly growing field.
Music is central to human cultural and intellectual experience. It is vitally important for the welfare of human society and - this book argues - should become more widely accepted in our community as a mainstream educational and therapeutic tool.This book explores the importance of music throughout human evolution, and its continued relevance to modern-day human society. Throughout, the emphasis is on the origin of music and how (and where) it is processed in our brains, exploring in detail the genetic and cultural evolution of modern, loquacious humans, how we may have evolved with unique neural and cognitive architecture, and why two complementary but distinct communication systems - language and music - remain a human universal.In addition the book explores, in some depth, the different theories that have been put forward to explain why musical communication was (and remains) advantageous to our species, with a particular emphasis on the role of music and dance in enhancing altruistic and prosocial behaviours. The author suggests that music, and the social harmonization it brings, was of vital importance in early humans as we became more and more individualized by the emergence of modern language and the modern mind, and the realization that we are mortal.Music, Evolution, and the Harmony of Souls demonstrates the evolutionary sociobiological importance of music as a driver of cooperative and interactive behaviour throughout human existence, and what this evolutionary imperative means to twenty-first century humanity and beyond, from social and medical/neurological perspectives.Key Features:The first book about music that discusses human evolution in detailOffers new perspectives on the biological and cultural history of our speciesDemonstrates the value of music in education and therapyLinks music with prosocial and altruistic behavioursAn up-to-date bibliography makes this volume a unique literature resource for academics, clinicians, therapists, educators, and teachers
This book is the first attempt to provide a basis for the interaction of the brain and nervous system with painting, music and literature. The introduction deals with the problems of creativity and which parts of the brain are involved. Then an overview of art presents the multiple facets, such as anatomy, and the myths appearing in ancient descriptions of conditions such as polio and migraine. The neurological basis of painters like Goya and van Gogh is analysed. Other chapters in the section on art cover da Vinci's mechanics and the portrayal of epilepsy. The section on music concerns the parts of the brain linked to perception and memory, as well as people who cannot appreciate music, and the effect of music on intelligence and learning (the Mozart effect). The section on literature relates to Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Conan Doyle, James Joyce and the poetry of one of England's most famous neurologists, Henry Head. Sample Chapter(s) Chapter 1: The Cerebral Localization of Creativity (92 KB) Chapter 5: Leonardo da Vinci's Mechanical Art and the Origin of Modern Neurology (83 KB) Contents:Introduction:The Cerebral Localization of Creativity (G K York)Neural Concept Formation and Art: Dante, Michelangelo, Wagner (S Zeki)Art:The Neurology of Art: An Overview (F Clifford Rose)Galen and the Artful Symmetry of the Brain (J Rocca)Leonardo da Vinci's Mechanical Art and the Origin of Modern Neurology (D Steinberg)The Art of Sir Charles Bell (C Gardner-Thorpe)Normal and Pathological Gait as Inspiration for the Artist (G Aubert)Epilepsy in Pictorial Art (B A Engelsen)Music:Brain Mapping in Musicians (M E Charness & G Schlaug)The Cerebral Localisation of Musical Perception and Musical Memory (H Platel et al.)Musical Instruments as Metaphors in Brain Science: From René Descartes to John Hughlings Jackson (C U M Smith)The Music of Madness: Franklin's Armonica and the Vulnerable Nervous System (S Finger & D A Gallo)The Mozart Effect (J R Hughes & J J Fino)The Amusias (J Warren)Music and the Brain: A Musicologist's Viewpoint (P Robertson)The Convulsionary Samuel Johnson and the Miaowing of Mozart (M Keynes)Literature:The Influence of Shakespeare on Charcot's Neurological Teaching (C G Goetz)Epilepsy in Literature: Writers' Experiences and Their Reflections in Literary Works (P Wolf)The Aetiology of Dostoyevsky's Epilepsy (H Kierulf)Neurology and Sherlock Holmes (E W Massey)James Joyce in a Clinical Context (J B Lyons)Neurology in the Nordic Sagas (R Stien)The Poetry of Henry Head (C Gardner-Thorpe)Silas Marner, George Eliot and Catalepsy (F Clifford Rose) Readership: Laypeople interested in painting, music and literature; doctors and neurologists. Keywords:Art;Music;Literature;Brain;Nervous System;Creativity;MythReviews:“This is an unusual and often amusing book … This volume not only is less ephemeral but also provides some lasting tibits of information on the interrelation between the neurosciences and the arts.”Neuromuscular Disorders “… the chapter by Semir Zeki truly is a thoughtful and provocative analysis of the relationship between art and neurology.”Journal of Neurology “Besides the giddying questions just discussed about the basis of creativity and the aesthetic response, these connections include the neurological disorders of artists, representations of these disorders in art, the inspiration of medical work by artistic example and vice versa. All these and more are touched upon in this entertaining collection of essays.”Brain