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Melodic Minds

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Pattern PBS Programme Stage: June 23, 2009

Can the power of music make tracks the perceptiveness come alive? Throughout his life«s employment Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and acclaimed originator, whose rules Awakenings was made into a Oscar-nominated peculiarity skin starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, has encountered myriad patients who are struggling to manage with debilitating medical conditions. While their ailments change, many have one point in inferior: an gratefulness for the healing effects of music. NOVA follows four individuals—two of whom are Sacks»s specimen studies—and even peers into Sacks«s own perceptiveness, to winnow music»s quaint, surprising, and still unexplained power over the humanitarian deem insane. (Have a doubt for Dr. Sacks? Ask away.)

According to Sacks«s latest rules, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Perceptiveness, anatomists cannot dig the perceptiveness of a visual artist, litt, or mathematician—but they can gratefulness the perceptiveness of a skilful musician. Music affects more parts of our brains than dialect does—clearly humans are melodic animals. What can music tell us about our minds? And what can our minds tell us about music? Lastly, can music aid people battling unembroidered neurological disorders? To judge out, NOVA follows the BBC»s Alan Yentob on an intercontinental quest—from New York to England and Ireland—to gather individuals like those chronicled in Musicophilia, bringing Sacks's latest employment to way of life through their penetrating and unparalleled stories.

Three of the four specimen studies manage with neurological disorders: Tourette«s syndrome, autism, and amusia, the melodic almost identical of color-blindness, which results in deafness to certain elements of music. The last testee is a surgeon and dumfound »n' pour in lover who, after being struck by lightning, became obsessed with playing influential piano. Three of the four—all but the persistent with amusia—have somehow, almost magically, unlocked a somewhat by of their minds to exhibit melodic talents that were otherwise unimaginable.

The four individuals are:

Matt Giordano, Mutual States
Since his youth, Matt has suffered from unembroidered Tourette«s syndrome, which, coupled with his other neurological disorders, resulted in beastly outbursts as a youngster. Even today his days are rife with undisguised reflex tics, or movements he cannot master, but Matt has discovered the tincture for his outbursts: playing the drums. He currently leads drumming workshops to help others with Tourette»s contest its symptoms, and his ardent drumming skills have made a overweening character in these patients' lives.

Derek Paravicini, England
Derek is unaffected, autistic, and quite reliant on others. He is also a melodic savant whose talents on the piano are beyond trust. After years of unpractised, he has developed the uncanny wit to catch a sliver of music only once and then fake it break, no sum how complex it is. Derek continues to describe his rare melodic soar to amazed audiences worldwide.

Anne Barker, Ireland
Anne grew up in a melodic family—her parents own a village inform on specializing in conventional Irish instruments—but throughout her way of life she never enjoyed music. Recently she has been diagnosed with amusia, the brain's impotence to catch certain elements of music. Oblivious to pulse and bone-tired, belabour and refrain, Anne hears only excursions when music comes on the announce and used to get humiliated when she attended a gambol. Today, she is enchanting somewhat by in a worldwide bookwork to dig the capacity causes of her condition.

Tony Cicoria, Mutual States
In 1994, orthopedic surgeon Tony Cicoria was struck by lightning and hastily developed an id to fake the piano. Before the serendipity he wasn«t musically predisposed, but ever since his egg on to fake has been insatiable. Today, he plays in face of sold-out audiences and NOVA»s cameras are there for the first of his Lightning Sonata, a alloy inspired by his quaint episode.

While these quaint stories extend examples of music's unimpeachable power over the deem insane, scientists have yet to fully perceive what happens in the perceptiveness as we episode music.

In an achievement to unravel the inscrutableness, NOVA puts Sacks himself into a important MRI (fMRI) vehicle for two experiments. In the first, acerbic-with one«s heart in one»s mouth visualization shows that when Sacks imagines a sliver of music, his perceptiveness reacts differently than when he actually hears the flap. The second shows Sacks«s deem insane-boggling neurological return when he listens to one of his favorite pieces, a Bach Hoard in B Minor; but, when compared to a almost identical sliver from Beethoven, Sacks»s perceptiveness is almost unresponsive, revealing his definite horror for the latter composer. (See a video of Oliver Sacks.)

For the first chance on idiot box, NOVA provides a rare glimpse into the deem insane of the world«s most legendary neurologist. And, with Sacks»s help, «Musical Minds» highlights the unorthodox disorders these subjects features even as it underscores how these people be in charge of, suggestible, and top, often triumphantly. As Sacks says, it seems that music can bear break the intuition of way of life when nothing else can.

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Size : 465 MiB for 55mn 54s 387ms
Codec : XviD
Provenience : PDTV

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