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A Little Bit of Brain on Music

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession  writen by Daniel J. Levitin (1957), an american professor, cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, record producer, musician and wrtier, will be one of the references we will be using for the elavoration of the article about Jack Johnson.
This writer is well known as the author of two best-selling books. On the one hand, the previously mentioned one; and on the other hand,  The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature. This man is expert in many fields. Due to the his background and professional career, there is not any doubt that his book is a verified source.

As Wikipedia says, Daniel J. Levitin is currently James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neurosience at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with additional appointments in Music Theory, Computer Science, and Education. He is Director of the Laboratory for Music Perception Cognition and Expertise.  Prior to his academic career, he worked as a producer and sound designer, as a consultant to Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder and Michael Brook and as a recording engineer for Santanaand The Grateful Dead. Records and CDs to which he has contributed have sold in excess of 30 million copies.From September, 2006 to April 2007 he served as a weekly commentator on the CBC Radio One show Fresstyle, and he has appeared frequently on NPR.

“Comentario editorial – Kirkus Reviews”  gives us this review of the book: The Science of a Human Obsession summarizes this: “In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin reveals:

  •   How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world
  •   Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre
  • That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise
  • How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our heads”


  1. Wikipedia, 12-03-12, Daniel Levitin. Retrieved: 20-03-12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Levitin#Music_producing.2C_consulting.2C_and_e-music_career
  2. GoogleBooks, 28-08-07, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession. Retrieved: 20-03-12. http://books.google.es/books?id=_B3CEBJhhBQC&dq=This+Is+Your+Brain+on+Music:+The+Science+of+a+Human+Obsession&hl=es&sa=X&ei=su5oT6jAEtOLhQeN9KScCg&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAA
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