Music and the Brain

Sacks Musicophilia

I just finished Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. I want to share how remarkable his writing is, and how humane he is. He tells stories about people with neurological abnormalities and makes inferences about the brain’s meaning. My favorite chapter is “Music on the Brain: Imagery and Imagination” [pdf download]. He describes how he was different from his parents in terms of musical imagery, and he helped me to understand my amazing musical abilities. He is a remarkable neurologist, writer, and human being!

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