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Friday, February 8, 2008

Stanford has "Beatles on the Brain" Despite Lack of Hallucinogens

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Some smarty pants professors down at Stanford are trying to understand exactly why the human brain likes the Beatles catalog so much. Specifically they want to know what is so damn attractive about that White Album. For those interested in Oliver Sacks' last book on the mind/music connection, Musicology, this talk sounds like a cool extension/compliment to his ideas (Sacks mostly discusses classical music). More info about "Beatles on the Brain" below or listed here. -- Jennifer Maerz

Stanford music researchers invite public to explore success of The

Beatles on 40th Anniversary of The White Album

On Thursday, February 21, 2008, Stanford's Aurora Forum, in

conjunction with the Stanford Humanities Center, will present a

public conversation with three Stanford alums whose research explores

the musical and cultural innovations that made The Beatles a powerful

force for innovation in society and the arts. Beatles on the Brain,

will take place in Stanford's Kresge Auditorium from 7:30pm-9:00pm.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Using samples of The Beatles music, Daniel Levitin, a psychologist

and record producer, Nick Bromell, an English Professor and author of

Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s, along with

moderator and Stanford Music Professor, Jonathan Berger will engage

the audience in a discussion that will tackle these questions and more:

- Why is the human brain drawn to The Beatles music?

- Why will The Beatles music still be popular 200 years from now?

- Why do The Beatles compositions merit comparisons to the greatest


- How does music challenge and fulfill listeners?

- What were the cultural elements that came together to cement the


popularity in the 1960s?

- What happens in the brain when music is played?

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