Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia - Alzheimer's/The Power of Music

Author: Oliver Sacks
Book: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

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Oliver Sacks talks about Alzheimer's and the power of music.


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Elena Nigmand Amazing revelation.

Heather Thank you very much, Dr. Sacks, for your extensive research on this subject. I can say from first-hand experience that music really can bring something back when memories are lost.

I suffered a TBI in 2001 which left me with four years of retrograde amnesia. To this day, nothing of that four years has come back, but I have noticed that when I hear certain songs, perhaps on the radio, I get a feeling or emotion to which I can ascribe a certain event. Almost five years after the injury, I heard a certain song on the radio that had been popular at the time of my accident. I immediately thought of the man I was dating at the time. I have absolutely no memories of him and couldn't pick him out in a crowd, but for some reason, this song reminded me of him.

I thought this was interesting but didn't think more about it until I began reading your book Musicophelia. I am looking forward to reading more of it.

Barbara I have been a fan of Oliver Sack's for years. It is so amazing how music can restore a person with dementia some personality even if briefly!

Barbara Oliver Sacks was an amazing, insightful man. His books are fascinating and well worth reading.

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