Music and the Brain

Music and the Brain

Studies in the Neurology of Music

1st Edition - January 1, 1977

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  • Editors: Macdonald Critchley, R. A. Henson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483192796

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Music and the Brain: Studies in the Neurology of Music is a collaborative work that discusses musical perception in the context of medical science. The book is comprised of 24 chapters that are organized into two parts. The first part of the text details the various aspects of nervous function involved in musical activity, which include neural and mechanicals aspects of singing; neurophysiological interpretation of musical ability; and ecstatic and synesthetic experiences during musical perception. The second part deals with the effects of nervous disease on musical function, such as musicogenic epilepsy, the amusias, and occupational palsies. The book will be of great interest to students, researchers, and practitioners of disciplines that deal with the nervous system, such as psychology, neurology, and psychiatry.

Table of Contents

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    Part I

    Chapter 1. Neurological Aspects of Musical Experience

    Chapter 2. The Inheritance of Musicality

    Chapter 3. Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Hearing

    Chapter 4. Brains and Hands

    Chapter 5. Anatomy and Physiology of Voice Production: The Phenomenal Voice

    Chapter 6. Some Neural and Mechanical Aspects of Singing

    Chapter 7. Memory and Attention in Music

    Chapter 8. The Timing and Time of Musicians

    Chapter 9. Musical Faculty and Cerebral Dominance

    Chapter 10. Musical Ability: A Neuropsychological Interpretation

    Chapter 11. The Development of Early Musical Talent in Famous Composers: A Biographical Review

    Chapter 12. Music, Emotion and Autonomic Function

    Chapter 13. Ecstatic and Synesthetic Experiences during Musical Perception

    Chapter 14. The Language of Music

    Chapter 15. The Search for a Morphological Substrate in the Brains of Eminent Persons including Musicians: A Historical Review

    Chapter 16. Is There an Anatomical Localization for Musical Faculties?

    Part II

    Chapter 17. Neurological Disorders in Performing Musicians

    Chapter 18. Deafness and Musical Appreciation

    Chapter 19. Musicogenic Epilepsy. (1) The Beginnings Macdonald Critchley

    Chapter 20. Musicogenic Epilepsy. (2) The Later Story: Its Relation to Auditory Hallucinatory Phenomena

    Chapter 21. Occupational Palsies in Musical Performers

    Chapter 22. The Amusias

    Chapter 23. Music and Mental Disorder

    Chapter 24. Musical Therapy in the Field of Psychiatry and Neurology


Product details

  • No. of pages: 474
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1977
  • Published: January 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483192796

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Macdonald Critchley

R. A. Henson

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