• Dans ce livre passionnant, Levitin tente de comprendre le pouvoir et les répercussions de la musique sur l'activité cérébrale : comment le cerveau perçoit-il la musique ? Qu'est-ce que la musique, en retour, peut nous apprendre du cortex ? Comme déclencheur d'émotions - lesquelles sont des marqueurs cérébraux -, la musique nous éclaire, par exemple, sur le fonctionnement de la mémoire.
    Cet essai pédagogique et plein d'humour aborde des thèmes aussi divers que la classification de la musique par genres, l'oreille absolue ou la mémoire instinctive que l'on peut avoir d'un morceau. De Liszt à Clapton, de Stevie Wonder à AC/DC, Levitin révèle le rôle de la musique dans l'évolution de l'humanité.

  • In this ground-breaking book, Dr Daniel Levitin uses cutting-edge research from neuroscience and psychology to demonstrate the importance of the stage that follows the middle-age.Packed with engaging interviews with successful, creative individuals far beyond the conventional age of ''retirement'', this book also reflects on challenges many readers will recognize. Full of accessible and conversation-sparking takeaways, it demonstrates the importance of the distinct advantages and consequences of getting older. Levitin offers a realistic personal plan full of practical, cognitive enhancing tricks for everyone to follow as they age. Successful Ageing is a radical exploration of what we all can learn from those who age joyously, a new model for a positive elderly experience. This book will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens of a society in which the average life expectancy continues to rise.>

  • Explains how humans experience music and unravels the mystery of our perennial love affair with it. Using musical examples from Bach to the Beatles, this work reveals the role of music in human evolution, shows how our musical preferences begin to form even before we are born, and explains why music can offer such an emotional experience.

  • THE CHANGING MIND

    Daniel Levitin

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ** THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER''Everyone we know needs this remarkable book ... An essential book for the rest of your life'' Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive''The secrets of ageing well ... a serious, evidence-based guide to what really works and why'' Sunday Timesbr>____________________________________________We have long been encouraged to think of old age as synonymous with deterioration. Yet, recent studies show that our decision-making skills improve as we age and our happiness levels peak in our eighties. What really happens to our brains as we get older?More of us are living into our eighties than ever before. In The Changing Mind, neuroscientist, psychologist and internationally-bestselling author Daniel Levitin invites us to dramatically shift our understanding of growing older, demonstrating its many cognitive benefits. He draws on cutting-edge research to challenge common and flawed beliefs, including assumptions around memory loss and the focus on lifespan instead of ''healthspan''.Levitin reveals the evolving power of the human brain from infancy to late adulthood. Distilling the findings from over 4000 papers, he explains the importance of personality traits, lifestyle, memory and community on ageing, offering actionable tips that we can all start now, at any age.Featuring compelling insights from individuals who have thrived far beyond the conventional age of retirement, this book offers realistic guidelines and practical cognition-enhancing tricks for everyone to follow during every decade of their life. This is a radical exploration of what we all can learn from those who age joyously.>

  • « Anthropologues, archéologues, biologistes et psychologues étudient les origines de l'homme, mais tous n'ont porté que relativement peu d'attention aux origines de la musique. Je trouve cela étrange. Les Américains dépensent plus d'argent pour la musique que pour le sexe ou les médicaments et écoutent en moyenne plus de cinq heures de musique par jour. Nous savons que la musique affecte nos humeurs et la chimie de notre cerveau. Une meilleure connaissance du lien qui unit l'humanité à la musique nous permettrait de mieux comprendre nos choix musicaux, nos goûts, et d'utiliser le pouvoir de la musique pour contrôler nos humeurs. Cela nous permettrait également de voir que la musique a guidé le développement de la nature humaine.
                Le Monde en six chansons tente d'expliquer l'évolution de la musique et du cerveau à travers l'histoire et les six continents. J'estime que la musique n'est pas simplement un passe-temps ou une distraction, mais un élément fondamental de notre identité en tant qu'espèce, une activité qui a ouvert la voie à des comportements plus complexes tels que le langage, les entreprises collectives et la transmission d'informations d'une génération à l'autre. Ce texte explique comment j'en suis arrivé à l'idée (plutôt hardie, diront certains) qu'il existe six catégories de chansons pour y parvenir : les chants d'amitié, de joie, de réconfort, de connaissance, de religion et d'amour. »

  • « Il y a environ cinq mille ans, quand les premiers humains ont imaginé une façon de consigner les faits par écrit, ils augmentèrent ainsi leurs capacités intellectuelles. Ils étendirent les limites naturelles de la mémoire humaine en conservant une partie de leurs souvenirs sur des tablettes d'argile, des murs de cavernes et, plus tard, des papyrus et du parchemin. Nous avons ensuite développé d'autres systèmes - calendriers, classeurs, ordinateurs et Smartphones - pour nous aider à organiser et à ranger les informations que nous avions préalablement écrites. »

  • Author of the iconic bestsellers This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind , Daniel Levitin turns his keen insights to what happens in our brains as we age; why we should think about health span, not life span; and, based on a rigorous analysis of neuroscientific evidence, how you can make the most of your seventies, eighties, and nineties today, no matter how old you are now. Successful Aging uses research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences to show that sixty-plus years is a unique developmental stage that, like infancy or adolescence, has its own demands and distinct advantages. Levitin looks at the science behind what we can all learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people's wisdom and experience. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone can do as they age. This book is packed with accessible and discussable takeaways, providing great material for reading groups and media coverage. Successful Aging inspires a powerful new approach to how readers think about our final decades, and it will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens within a society where the average life expectancy continues to rise.

  • Explores the relationship between the mind and music by drawing on recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to discuss such topics as the sources of musical tastes and the brain's responses to music.

  • In a best-selling book, the author combines scientific research, interviews with famous musicians, and personal experience to show how six song functions--friendship, joy, comfort, religion, knowledge, and love--have enabled the social bonding neccessary for human culture and society to evolve. Reprint.

  • New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details.
    The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we're expected to make more-'and faster-'decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.
    But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel-'and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.
    With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives. This Is Your Brain on Music showed how to better play and appreciate music through an understanding of how the brain works. The Organized Mind shows how to navigate the churning flood of information in the twenty-first century with the same neuroscientific perspective.

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