Musicofilia: Stories of music and the brain


Oliver Sacks examines the relationship with the music of patients, ordinary people or professional musicians to shed an unusual light on this phenomenon. Through anomalies such as “amusia” – or inability to feel the music -, the hypermusical Williams syndrome – a strange phenomenon of extreme sociability -, musical hallucinations or music as inspiring of real terror, Sacks elaborates a lucid analysis of How music is a key factor in creating human identity, either in a pathogenic way or as a positive agent when it comes to treating Parkinson’s, dementia, Tourette’s syndrome, encephalitis or temporal lobe attacks. Sacks reveals himself again as a splendid narrator, with the humor, the erudition and the vast scientific and humanistic culture to which he has accustomed us. “More interested in human experience than in psychological theory, Sacks brings Herman Melvilleque closer to Charles Darwin” (The Sunday Times). More information on NOVA.

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