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Music and science


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Music and science

  1. 1. - Daniel Levitin Presented by: Dammar Singh Saud
  2. 2.  Born in 1957.  An American cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, author, musician and record producer.  Education: University of Oregon  Parents: Sonia Levitin, Lloyd Levitin  Siblings: Shari Levitin  TV shows: Daily Planet, Chronicle  Books: The World in Six Songs, This is Your Brain on Music, The Organized Mind etc.
  3. 3. Central Idea of the Text Music and Science are similar in many respects. They are unusual among all human activities on basis of their ubiquity and antiquity. Music teaches us about the brain and brain teaches about the music, and both teach us about ourselves.
  4. 4. Major Points of the Text  Writer’s autobiographical experiences about music and science.  He was interested in music from the early age.  He bought stereo player at the age of 11.  His mother was novelist and piano player.  His father was busy in his business.  Headphones made music more personal which drives him to be a recording engineer and producer.  Thus, he dropped out from the college and joined the rock band.(Mark Needham, Leslie Ann Jones, Paul Simon, Chris Issak etc.)
  5. 5. Major Points of the Text  He learned many things like socialization, technical terms of music, systems and rules during that phase of life.  He got better chance to promote in the field of music with the company of many musicians and their roles and works in the music.  He rejoined the college to carry out research on the relationship between brain and music.  Talks about Darwinian Theory that living things are changing in response to the world and the world is also changing in response to them.  According to evolutionary psychology, all our thoughts and mental activities are the product of evolution.
  6. 6. Major Points of the Text  The main focus of evolutionary psychology is to extend the physical to mental world in which our minds get changed along with the changing of the physical world.  Music and brain are interrelated in which music is everywhere in our brain.  The power of music to evoke emotion is also exploited by advertising, filmmakers ,mothers etc.  The study of music is also difficult because many people love music without knowing about it.  Music is related to Mathematics because there are certain rules and terms in music like Mathematics to be learned.  Chance, opportunity and good relationship are essential for learning music.
  7. 7. Similarity Between Artists and Scientists  Describe their works as experiments.  Stages of development: creative and exploratory  The ability to live in open-ended interpretation.  Focus on truth as contextual and changeable.  Essential parts of culture and life.  Natural activity like breathing and walking.
  8. 8. Conclusion  By better understanding what music is and where it comes from, we may be able to better understand our motives, fears, desires, and even communication in the broadest sense.  This is the story of how brains and music coevolved- what music can teach us about the brain, what the brain can teach us about music, and what both can teach us about ourselves.