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Music, Language, and the Brain [Hardcover]

Aniruddh D. Patel
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"Music and language, two of the defining attributes of our species, share many similarities-but also major differences. Their relationship has provoked passionate debate since Darwin's time: which came first, and why? Aniruddh D. Patel has been a pioneer in the use of new concepts and technology to investigate the neural correlates of music, but he is also a clear and engaging writer who makes his subject exciting and accessible. As a musician himself, and as one of our foremost neuroscientists, he brings a highly original mind to this complex and fascinating subject. His book is a major synthesis that will be indispensable to neuroscientists, and a thought-provoking and illuminating exploration of the mental and neural foundations of music and language for anyone interested in the human brain."--Oliver Sacks

"Patel's dissection of the multiple components of language and music cognition is elegant and deeply knowledgeable. His writing achieves a masterly balance. On the one hand he is bold and creative in uncovering and explaining important phenomena that link language and music. On the other hand he displays true scientific humility in refusing to speculate too far beyond the known facts. In a subject area prone to superficiality and overstatement, Patel is a sure and trustworthy guide for how to make real progress in understanding these complex but fascinating phenomena."--John Sloboda, Professor of Psychology, Keele University

"This book will be required reading for specialists, and interesting and informative reading for everyone. It manages to combine remarkable breadth of coverage with genuine depth of understanding, and it's clearly and elegantly written. The author has a clear point of view and wants to get it across to other researchers, but never lets that get in the way of the book's more fundamental goal of putting the latest research within the reach of the interested non-specialist reader."--D.R. Ladd, Professor of Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

About the Author

Aniruddh D. Patel is past president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University.
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