He started sitting in on classes at the local university, which just happened to be Stanford, and his quest led him to the field of neuroscience. Levitin now runs the Levitin Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University. His book, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, is a study of the brain's reaction to music and a tribute to its beauty. "I try to convey the sense of childlike wonder that I think many people have and explain it in a way someone with no scientific background would be able to understand," Levitin says.
He'll discuss and sign his book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. For information, visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-7727.
Fri., Oct. 12, 2007