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Musical Brain (2012)

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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081NAUOY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Why are certain songs so important to us? Does music make us smarter? Why do we feel like dancing when we hear a beat? Inspired by Dr. Daniel Levitin's book This is Your Brain on Music international recording superstar Sting agreed to put his own musical brain to the test to find out how various types of music-complex and simple-affect him on an emotional and a physical level.

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This 50-minute medical/musical documentary was made in 2009 for the National Geographic Channel and may have aired on some PBS stations as well. It revolves around the research of Dr. Daniel Levitin who was a record producer in the 1970s (he engineered albums by Steely Dan and Blue Oyster Cult, among either) and, in his 30s decided to go to medical school and became a cognitive therapist and behavioral researcher. He has his PhD.and he teaches at McGill University in Canada.

Levitin did a lot of research on how the brain reacts to music but want to test what the brain does when a musician is composing music as well. He needed a "guinea pig" and who did he find? Sting - the rock star and former lead of the band The Police. Sting agreed to be wired and tested while in an MRI unit.

The film includes lengthy interviews with Sting as well as Haitian musician Wyclef Jean, singer (Leslie) Feist and Canadian superstar Michael Buble'. You'll hear brief performances of their hits, but most of the time the film focuses on Levitin's theories. The 50 minutes goes by quickly.

There are no bonus features but the film itself is interesting and takes a new approach to how music affects our attitudes as well as our health.

I enjoyed it, and I think others will too. It's similar to programs that PBS shows on it NOVA series.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grow Your Brain! January 30, 2013
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My husband uses this as an example of brain development in his psychology classes. He said he found it usable and well presented.
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Great for music lovers and people with an interest in neuro science. It was very enlightening to read about. Great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I believe she liked it. August 14, 2014
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This was a gift for my sister-in-law's birthday which I have not seen. I believe she liked it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dvd doesn't work in Australia! January 10, 2014
I saw this documentary a few years ago and was rapt to find Amazon selling it. Only thing- it has an area code so I can't play it here in Oz. Any suggestions on how to unlock the code, please or will Amazon just refund me if I return it???
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