This Is Your Brain On Music


September 2009 Issue

Neurological Effects of Music on the Brain
Author: Quotes taken from Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain; by Oliver Sacks

Music can help recover damaged brain function by activating parts of the brain that are nearby.


Music demands focus… it is the innate organization of music which is the great bastion against chaos.


There is not one musical part of the brain. In fact, there’s sort of a dozen different parts of the brain which respond to pitch, rhythm, timbre, melodic contour…


Ones [brain] does not listen to music passively… one sort of decodes it as one listens.


We know now that the brain is continually shaping itself, being reshaped. There seems to be no end to the plasticity of the brain.


I think this can happen with many people that music can somehow bring back the feeling of life when nothing else can.


There is a primal power of music that not only synchronizes everything in the nervous system, but also synchronizes people together.


There needs to be real engagement with music, and a lot of it….

Visually, a neurologist cannot identify the brain of a mathematician or an artist, but can distinguish the brain of a musician.


Music should be part of education very very early….



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