NOVA: This is Your Brain On Bach

NOVA investigates the extraordinary impact music can have on the human brain, through the case studies from neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks’ latest book Musicophilia. We travel around the globe to meet people like Tony Cicoria, who was struck by lightning and was suddenly inspired to become a pianist; and Matt Giordano, who uses drumming to alleviate his severe Tourettes.

NOVA: Musical Minds
Airdate: Wednesday, June 15, 9:00pm, WOSU TV

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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