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October 11, 2007


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Yeah, this does resonate a bit with This Is Your Brain on Music, which has several really interesting observations (it's light reading that will hit you with a pretty amazing insight each chapter), including "neuroplasticity," which means that after trauma, your brain can relocate operations to other regions of the brain. There was also something in there about a sort of "body memory" that allows musicians who suffer a stroke or other brain trauma to "remember" how to play pieces automatically (I have a pretty acute sense of this "memory" myself, since I can sometimes play songs whose melodies I may have forgotten totally automatically.)

Interesting - I think the two books will make a nice pairing. Sacks's New Yorker article gets into the different kinds of memory as well. I find it all pretty fascinating.

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