Featured Book: “This Is Your Brain On Music” by Daniel J. Levitin

this is your brain on music

When you think about music, do you imagine Madonna or Mozart? Jazz or classic rock? What makes you like the genres that you do?

In his book This Is Your Brain On Music, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin strives to answer these questions by analyzing how the human brain responds to music. First, Levitin breaks down the fundamentals of music, defining “pitch,” “rhythm,” “timbre,” and more. Then, Levitin explores cognitive functions, describing the brain’s neural organization of music.

The music-to-brain research explains everyday phenomena, such as:

  • how composers exploit the way our brains make sense of the world
  • why we emotionally attach to music we listen to as teenagers
  • why 10,000 hours of practice- not talent- makes virtuosos
  • how insidious jingles (aka ear worms) get stuck in our heads

This Is Your Brain On Music is currently in our New Books section on the 2nd floor. If you want to learn more about how your brain responds to your favorite songs, check it out!