Music, Biological Evolution, and the Brain.

Patel, Aniruddh D.

This essay offers a novel theoretical perspective on the evolution of music. At present, a number of adaptationist theories posit that the human capacity for music is a product of natural selection, reflecting the survival value of musical behaviors in our species' past (e.g., Wallin et al., 2000) In sharp contrast, a prominent nonadaptationist theory of music argues that music is a human inventio... read more

Evolution (Biology)
Tufts University. Department of Psychology.
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Patel, Aniruddh D. "Music, Biological Evolution, and the Brain." In Emerging Disciplines: Shaping New Fields of Scholarly Inquiry in and beyond the Humanities, edited by Melissa Bailar, 41-64. OpenStax CNX, 2010.
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