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The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind [Hardcover]

Seth S. Horowitz , Seth Horowitz
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Brown University neuroscientist Horowitz has pulled off an unusual feat. His science book, about the way hearing shapes the “evolution, development, and day-to-day function of the mind,” can be genuinely poetic. It is also laced with humor. Horowitz says he attempted less a text than a venue for imparting “wonder.” He succeeds, unearthing one little-known gem after another.

From Booklist

We live in a sonic world. Sounds and vibration affect our mood, memories, and mind. Neuroscientist Horowitz’s aim is to amp up understanding and respect for our auditory environment. He draws on physiology, physics, and psychology to demonstrate “how sound and hearing have shaped the evolution, development, and day-to-day function of the mind.” Sound assists in mating, playing, and acquiring food. Hearing helps us stay vigilant and monitor our surroundings. Horowitz contemplates the difficulty in defining music and how it influences the mind. He highlights the power of acoustics by invoking our usual reaction to the noise of fingernails scraping across a blackboard, the employment of echolocation by bats, and the love songs of frogs. He defuses the hype of sound-based weaponry that dates back to Joshua and his hundreds of warriors who blew on rams’ horns and shouted in unison to collapse the walls of Jericho. It must be myth or miracle, since physics alone cannot explain the magnitude of such a sonic blast. The science of sound is fascinating, and Horowitz is an author worth listening to. --Tony Miksanek

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"Horowitz is endlessly curious and transmits his excitement to the reader. The book's clever combination of theory, speculation and quirky details makes it a fascinating reading experience." -- Margaret Quamme, Columbus Dispatch.

"Horowitz provides a fascinating insight into the remarkable impact that sound has on the workings of the brain." -- A.J. King, Nature, 29 August 2012 488: 588.

"The science of sound is fascinating, and Horowitz is an author worth listening to."  -- Tony Miksanek, BookList.

About the Author

Seth S. Horowitz, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist and professor at Brown University. He is the co-founder of NeuroPop, the first sound design and consulting firm to use neurosensory and psychophysical algorithms in music, sound design, and sonic branding. He is married to sound and biomimetic artist China Blue and lives in Warwick, RI.
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