Why do certain tunes stick in our heads for days or weeks at a time? How can the words of a catchy chorus lay dormant in our memory for decades? Some researchers believe the human brain is actually wired to appreciate and retain musical information. And they’re finding surprising ways to use music in treating some forms of mental degeneration. Join us as we look at the surprising science behind one of humankind’s oldest artistic innovations.

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  • Oliver Sacks Physician and Professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University; Author of “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain”
  • Daniel Levitin Head of the Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University; Author of, “This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession.”

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