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Delosis—Musical Listening Test
You might claim to be tone deaf, but here's a chance to tell for certain. Take these music perception tests, developed by Isabelle Peretz of the University of Montreal, and learn if you have amusia.

Derek Paravicini
Find more information about Derek Paravicini, the blind piano prodigy featured in "Musical Minds."

Drum Echoes, Inc.
Learn about the organization started by Matt Giordano, whose drumming helps him control his Tourette's syndrome.

Beth Abraham Institute for Music and Neurologic Function
The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function provides clinical music therapy, used in treating conditions like stroke, dementia, and Parkinson's. See more about the Institute at its official website.

The Program for Imaging and Cognitive Sciences at Columbia University Medical Center
Learn about Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging at this website from the Columbia University Medical Center.

Seed Magazine's Workbench: Oliver Sacks
In this clever interactive, have a peek at Oliver Sacks's desk and see what he's working on now, whose photos he has push-pinned to his bulletin board, and more.

Big Think—Oliver Sacks
Hear more from Oliver Sacks at his website on Big Think.


Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
by Oliver Sacks. Vintage, 2007.

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
by Daniel J. Levitin. Plume/Penguin, 2007.

How the Mind Works
by Steven Pinker. W. W. Norton & Co., 2009.


"Music as Medicine for the Brain"
by Matthew Shulman. US News and World Report, July 17, 2008.

"Baby Got Beat: Music May Be Inborn"
by Brandon Keim. Wired, January 26, 2009.

"Musicians' Brains Keep Time—With One Another"
by Jordan Lite. Scientific American: 60-Second Science, March 16, 2009.

"Music of the Hemispheres"
by Clive Thompson. The New York Times, December 31, 2006.

Related NOVA Content

Secrets of the Mind
Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran's intimate encounters with his patients reveal a novel picture of the brain.

NSN: Mirror Neurons
A recently discovered system in the brain may help explain why we humans can get so worked up watching other people.

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