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?
- Music Evolution and Neuroscience
Charles T. Snowdon
- Musicians and Music Making as a Model for the Study of Brain Plasticity
- Expert Music Performance: Cognitive, Neural, and Developmental Bases
Robert J. Zatorre
- Apollo's Curse
Neurological Causes of Motor Impairments in Musicians
- Music and Its Association with Epileptic Disorders
- Treatment and Prevention of Music Performance Anxiety
- Music as Therapy in Early History
Michael H. Thaut
- An Enlightenment Proposal for Music Therapy: Richard Brocklesby on Music, Spirit and the Passions
- Neurological Implications and Neuropsychological Considerations on Folk Music and Dance
Michele Augusto Riva
- Music and Dementia
- Apollo's Gift: New Aspects of Neurologic Music Therapy
- The Discovery of Human Auditory-Motor Entrainment and Its Role in the Development of Neurologic Music Therapy Michael H. Thaut