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Red River Valley                                                   Fall 2015
A publication of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association                                                                                       

Remembering Oliver Sacks (1933-2015)
Excerpt taken from The New York Times Science (August 30, 2015)

Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote About the Brain’s Quirks, Dies at 82
By Gregory Cowlesaug

"A skilled pianist, Dr. Sacks often wrote about the relationship between music and the mind, eventually devoting a whole book, Musicophilia (2007), to the subject. Dr. Sacks disagreed with the Harvard psychologist and author Steven Pinker’s view of music as 'auditory cheesecake,' and pointed to its ability to reach dementia patients as evidence that music appreciation is hard-wired into the brain.

'I haven’t heard of a human being who isn’t musical, or who doesn’t respond to music one way or another,' he told an audience at Columbia University in 2006. 'I think we are an essentially, profoundly musical species. And I don’t know whether — for all I know, language piggybacked on music.' 

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