Dr. Daniel Levitin has gone from being a session musician and music producer working with world-famous recording artists to an academic
career in neuroscience. The connection between the two is his fascination with the way that music works in the brain.
In his new book, This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, he explores how humans seem to be adapted specifically for music. Music activates the pleasure centres in ways similar to drugs, food and sex. The patterns and features of music are also perceived in special ways by our brains, distinct from ordinary sounds. This explains some of what we find attractive in things like the patterns of notes in an octave, musical harmony and complex rhythm.
Dr. Daniel Levitin is a professor in the department of Psychology, and Bell chair in the Psychology of Electronic Communication at McGill University.
CBC Radio | Quirks & Quarks | December 9, 2006