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Musical Illusions and Phantom Words: How Music and Speech Unlock Mysteries of the Brain

Diana Deutsch


In this groundbreaking synthesis of art and science, Diana Deutsch, one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of music, shows how illusions of music and speech – many of which she discovered - have fundamentally altered thinking about the brain. These astonishing illusions show that people can differ strikingly in how they hear musical patterns - differences that reflect both variations in brain organization and influences of language on music perception. They lead Deutsch to examine questions such as: When an orchestra performs a symphony, what is the ‘real’ music? Is it in the min ... More

Keywords: Music, speech, illusion, brain, perfect pitch, paradox, left handers, hallucinations, earworms, phantom words

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190206833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190206833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Deutsch, author
Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego