A Reader's Notes on
Facts and Concepts from
Daniel J. Levitin's

This is Your Brain on Music
annotated with various web links
[notes by Stuart Allen - but why?]


There is no affiliation between Levitin and the author of these notes. No text from the book appears in these notes -
buy the book! Ordinary text here represents facts and concepts presented in the book, as understood by this reader. Other text in brackets [like this] comprises comments by this reader, and should not be construed as representing Levitin's claims or opinions expressed in the book. Page references to the book and links to illustrative or elaborative off-site web pages are placed at pertinent points in the note text. Notes are grouped by the chapters they are mainly about; links to notes are added for a chapter as they are completed.

Book ChapterBook Pages
1What is Music?
From Pitch to Timbre
2Foot Tapping
Discerning Rythm, Loudness, and Harmony
3Behind the Curtain
Music and the Mind Machine
What We Expect from Liszt (and Ludacris)
5You Know My Name, Look Up the Number
How We Categorize Music
6After Dessert, Crick Was Still Four Seats Away from Me
Music, Emotion, and the Reptilian Brain
7What Makes a Musician?
Expertise Dissected
8My Favorite Things
Why Do We Like the Music We Like?
9The Music Instinct
Evolution's #1 Hit
App. AThis Is Your Brain on Music[269-271]
App. BChords and Harmony[274-276]

[nnn] refers to page nnn of the book (paperback, Plume, 2006).

dol links to pages on the Dolmetsch Music Theory and History site.
hyperph links to pages at the Georgia State University Hyperphysics site.
cnx links to pages on Connexions (at Rice U, Houston).
wikip links to pages on Wikipedia.
sussex links to pages on Chris Darwin's site at University of Sussex.
ccrma links to pages on the site for the CCRMA, Stanford U..
MSVN links to pages of an html transcription of an important 1885 article by Alexander Ellis.
ASA links to pages on the Acoustical Society of America site.
CHHA links to pages on the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association site.
EncBr links to pages on the Encyclopaedia Britannica site.
Noyce links to pages on the Noyce Guitars site.
musicfolk links to pages on the Music Folk site.
UCol links to pages on the site of the University of Colorado, Boulder.
vu links to pages on the site of the Villanova University.
PNAS links to pages on the site for the Proceedings of the Nat'l Academy of Sciences (USA).
JRSM links to pages of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).
BrainMusic links to pages of the site for the Institute for Music & Brain Science (Boston).
kth links to pages on the site of KTH, ie, the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).
psypress links to pages on the Psychology Press site.
VIMM links to pages on the site of the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine.
BC links to pages on the Brain Connection site.
bsc links to pages of James H. Cook's Organ History site (BSC).
Hauptwerk links to pages of the Crumhorn Labs site.
eos links to Edward Stauff's Encylopedia of Organ Stops.
vibrofiles links to pages of Vibrö.
automotive links to pages of Automotive.com.
SciBlog links to pages on the ScienceBlogs site.
J.N. links to pages of the Journal of Neuroscience.
youtube links to pages on YouTube.
last.fm links to pages on last.fm.
bbc links into the site of the BBC.
exploratorium links into the site of the Exploratorium (museum in San Francisco).
cbc links to CBC Radio One broadcasts that featured Levitin, many from the defunct program Freestyle.
the Neuron links to the site of the Neuron, a 6-episode CBC radio show about music.

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This symbol is suffixed to icons for PDF links.
money links to articles you must pay publishers to read (usually the abstract is free).
article links to articles not from publishers' sites, usually in pdf format.

Visit the book website, especially the musical examples,
and the website of Levitin's lab at McGill.
book lab