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A Mind for Music

Watch as neuroscientist Oliver Sacks's brain responds differently to pieces by Bach and Beethoven.
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Neuroscientist and writer Oliver Sacks has a passion for Bach, while Beethoven leaves him relatively cold. MRI scans reveal that this preference runs deep—it is manifest even in how his neurons respond when he listens to the composers' music. See how it works.

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