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The Power of Music

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The award-winning creator of the acclaimed documentary "The Music Instinct: Science & Song," explores the power of music and its connection to the body, the brain, and the world of nature. Only recently has science sought in earnest to understand and explain this impact. One remarkable recent study, analyzing the cries of newborns, shows that infants' cries contain com ...more
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Published May 24th 2011 by Walker Books Ltd
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I enjoyed this book immensely--with the exception of one chapter, to be described below. The book reviews the recent research into how music affects us, at the neurological, behavioral, and medical levels. There are fascinating descriptions of the outcomes of fMRI and PET scans of the brains of people listening to music. Emotional centers in the brain are activated while listening to music--not really a surprise. What is surprising, is that those same emotional centers are activated most during ...more
Ted Lehmann
Feb 06, 2014 Ted Lehmann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in how music affects us, readers of "Your Brain on Music"
In The Power of Music (Walker Books, 2011, 284 Pages, $9.39 on Kindle) Elena Mannes explores how music has affected the human organism from the mysts of time to the laboratories of tomorrow. In doing so, she examines the role of music in primitive societies, its power to move the mind and the spirit, its ability to heal, and the mystique of its resonance in our minds and bodies. She does so in a mostly lively style, avoiding too many references to brain geography while presenting hard science an ...more
Radhika Srinivas
Studies on music from various perspectives spanning physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology, literature, philosophy, astronomy are presented. Music is quintessential in the universe - the universe itself having originated from 'sound', as revealed in various religious scriptures.
This book can be tough to get through if you're not at all interested in science, but it's definitely fascinating! You will learn about many of the more recent developments regarding music and its connection to our brains and livelihoods. You'll also learn about the emerging career paths in science and healthcare, allowing us to study our ties to music in new ways. Many incredible findings that we never could look into before. All musicians, or those really into the scientific aspects of how mus ...more
Substance-wise, this book covered much of the recent brain science. Unfortunately, the treatment reminded me of a low-quality TV show. For example, she cited McFerrin, Levitan, and others, that are much quoted and seen on TV.

Presentation-wise, the author spent a lot of time on her personal upbringing wrt music and a musical family; this wore thin real fast.

Quit after 60 pages.
Amy Brown
Honestly, I can't rate a book I didn't finish, and I didn't even get through the 2nd chapter of this one. I was looking for harder science and mind-blowing connections between brain and music, but this just seemed touchy-feeling and devoid of hard facts. I would read a whole page then wonder, "What did I read? What was the content?"
This is an extremely comprehensive overview of the "science" of music. Were I researching this topic, this book would be incredibly helpful. But in parts it reads like multiple abstracts strung together. I mark it two stars because, for me, the information was not presented in the most engaging manner.
current topics in vaious areas of music. Not fast reading as it has lots of info. Kind of like a documentary in words. Very good!
Good overview of current research on the impact of music on the human brain, body, and psyche.
Interesting review of the state of the art of music cognition, wide audience oriented
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