I recently had the pleasure of serving as the in-house scientist for a discussion of Oliver Sacks’ book, “Musicophilia”. The book club is a collaboration of the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Humanities, and the Indianapolis March for Science. It was a fun evening focused on exploring the science of how and why human beings are musical. Below is the bibliography I mentioned during the talk.
- Jourdain, R. (1997). Music, the brain, and ecstasy: How music captures our imagination.
- Krause, B. (2012). The great animal orchestra : Finding the origins of music in the world’s wild places.
- Levitin, D. (2008). The world in six songs: How the musical brain created human nature.
- Levitin, D. (2006). This is your brain on music: The science of human obsession.
- Mannes, E. (2011). The power of music: Pioneering discoveries in the new science of song.
- Marcus, G. (2012). Guitar zero: The science of becoming musical at any age.
- Patel, A. (2010). Music, language and the brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Sachs, O. (2007). Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain. NY: Vintage Books.