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book discussion - This Is Your Brain On Music

Note the new location for this meetup - we will be meeting at the Starbucks at the S.W. corner of 16th and Arch, across the Parkway from Cappricio's. We will be in the large indoor area directly outside the main part of Starbucks.

The topic of this discussion will be the psychology of music, focusing on the issues raised in the book "This Is Your Brain On Music" by Daniel J. Levitin. Some of the questions we can discuss are:

Why do people respond to music? Does it confer an evolutionary advantage? Is it the by-product of something else that gave us an evolutionary advantage? Or is it simply a happy accident of how our brains are wired?

What determines whether we perceive a group of sounds as pleasing or not? How much of this is cultural vs. innate?

What is the relationship between what we hear as far as pitch, loudness, and timbre and the physical properties of a sound wave?

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  • Louis S.

    Joe and Katie----Thanks for yet another terrific meetup

    February 26, 2013

  • Andrea

    While it was not my favorite book, I loved the discussion and the individual perspectives everyone brought to it. Loved the location, too.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Jean S.

    Oh well I'm uh
    Sitting here la la
    Waiting for my Ya Ya a hm ahm
    Oh sitting here la la
    Waiting for my Ya Ya uh
    It may sound funny
    But I don't think she's comin home...
    Love that music! I bet that you know the tune.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a good discussion about music and about the book. As a new person it was very friendly and everyone participated.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Brian


    February 24, 2013

  • Will B.

    Are there any musicians coming? How about neurology specialists? Does anyone have a theory relating to Highland Bagpipes and human brain activity? What are the hot hits in mental hospitals during medication period...I could speak on that!...or not. Looking forward to the meet up.

    February 23, 2013

  • Jean S.

    A question - I have been by the corner of 16th and Arch many times. Where is the entrance to Starbuck's? TY

    February 11, 2013

    • Katie

      Its on the corner of 16th, Arch and ben franklin. The exact address is 1600. It is inside that building there. Here is a link to a google map image of it:­

      February 11, 2013

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