Amusia: an inability to process music

04 Mar

All music sounds like loud noise to her. She has no emotional reaction to music and does not perceive the rhythms and the melodies. It’s a condition called amusia. This is a true story. Many people have this condition at birth and sometimes they acquire it later in life.

Oliver Sack’s book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Editioncontains many stories of brain anomolies as they apply to the perception of music. In this video, Sacks tells the story of a woman who cannot process music due to amusia…

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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in sound, your brain on music


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