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Music, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Evolution, the Musical Brain, Medical Conditions, and Therapies, Vol 217. Progress in Brain Research

  • Book

  • 292 Pages
  • February 2015
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 3060389

Did you ever ask whether music makes people smart, why a Parkinson patient's gait is improved with marching tunes, and whether Robert Schumann was suffering from schizophrenia or Alzheimer's disease? This broad but comprehensive book deals with history and new discoveries about music and the brain. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview on music processing, its effects on brain plasticity, and the healing power of music in neurological and psychiatric disorders. In this context, the disorders the plagued famous musicians and how they affected both performance and composition are critically discussed, and music as medicine, as well as music as a potential health hazard are examined. Among the other topics covered are: how music fit into early conceptions of localization of function in the brain, the cultural roots of music in evolution, and the important roles played by music in societies and educational systems.

  • Topic: Music is interesting to almost everybody
  • Orientation: This book looks at music and the brain both historically and in the light of the latest research findings
  • Comprehensiveness: This is the largest and most comprehensive volume on "music and neurology" ever written!
  • Quality of authors: This volume is written by a unique group of real world experts representing a variety of fields, ranging from history of science and medicine to neurology and musicology

Table of Contents

- Darwin and Spencer on the Origin of Music: Is Music the Food of Love?

Kim Kleinman

- Music Evolution and Neuroscience

Charles T. Snowdon

- Musicians and Music Making as a Model for the Study of Brain Plasticity

Gottfried Schlaug

- Expert Music Performance: Cognitive, Neural, and Developmental Bases

Robert J. Zatorre

- Apollo's Curse
Neurological Causes of Motor Impairments in Musicians

Eckart Altenmüller

- Music and Its Association with Epileptic Disorders

Melissa Maguire

- Treatment and Prevention of Music Performance Anxiety

Claudia Spahn

- Music as Therapy in Early History

Michael H. Thaut

- An Enlightenment Proposal for Music Therapy: Richard Brocklesby on Music, Spirit and the Passions

Penelope Gouk

- Neurological Implications and Neuropsychological Considerations on Folk Music and Dance

Michele Augusto Riva

- Music and Dementia

Séverine Samson

- Apollo's Gift: New Aspects of Neurologic Music Therapy

Gottfried Schlaug

- The Discovery of Human Auditory-Motor Entrainment and Its Role in the Development of Neurologic Music Therapy Michael H. Thaut