Tales of Music and the Brain

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dr. Oliver Sacks has been writing about patients with unusual and fascinating case histories since the 1970s. In his new book, Musicophilia, Dr. Sacks explores music and its relationship to the human brain, while introducing new and fascinating characters โ€“ from the man who, after being struck by lightning, found a new passion for piano, to Parkinson's patients who receive music therapy.

Events: Oliver Sacks will be speaking and signing books
Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West, at 79th Street
To purchase tickets, visit the AMNH website

Oliver Sacks will be speaking and signing books
Tuesday, November 6 at 7pm
Union Square Barnes & Noble

Musicophilia is available for purchase at

Weigh in: Tell us your most profound experience with music.


Dr. Oliver Sacks

Comments [4]

robert kraut from bloomfield nj

i had my first case of anaphylactic shock august 23 i was treated with benadryl,depo-medroland epi.ever since then i feel music more deeply.always liked many genres of blood pressure was 42 diastolic when iwas brought to the clinic.did not see any light,angels or devils.any ideas what caused this?

Oct. 15 2007 12:38 PM
Lauren Heller from Woodbury, NY

One of my most profound music experiences was in college. I was working in the Student Union on a Sunday morning, and walked past the main hall, where was a classical concert in progress. I began to tear up as it took me back to my childhood living room, where my Dad would listen to the classical station every Sunday. ...And I was most thankful for giving me an appreciation of music.

Oct. 15 2007 12:26 PM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

I think music helps with the memorizing of information. Certain religious texts are often read today in a sort of melodic way, and this almost certainly was because before there was writing (or wide-spread literacy at least) the best way to transfer information was through melody and verse. I think many people can sing all the lyrics to a particular song, but they can't recite word for word a paragraph of text with the same number of letters.

Oct. 15 2007 12:24 PM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

As a musician and music lover from the age of three it would be difficult to put one experience over any other. Still when I first heard The Beatles back in January 1964, it definitely knocked me over and out. They were aliens (benevolent ones) from outer space as far as I was concerned.
I ran away from home (Philadelphia) when I was 17. I came to New York and stopped into a bookstore where they were playing Tom Rush's "The Child Game". I started sobbing right then and there in the middle of the store.

Oct. 15 2007 12:03 PM

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