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Evolution of tonal organization in music mirrors symbolic representation of perceptual reality. Part-1: Prehistoric
  • A. Nikolsky
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Front. Psychol.
  • 16 October 2015
This paper reveals the way in which musical pitch works as a peculiar form of cognition that reflects upon the organization of the surrounding world as perceived by majority of music users within aExpand
Evolution of Tonal Organization in Music Optimizes Neural Mechanisms in Symbolic Encoding of Perceptual Reality. Part-2: Ancient to Seventeenth Century
  • A. Nikolsky
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Front. Psychol.
  • 30 March 2016
TLDR
Tonal organization of pitch reflects the culture of thinking, adopted as a standard to optimize individual perception of reality within a social group in a way optimal for one's success, thereby setting the conventions of intellectual and emotional intelligence. Expand
Commentary: The ‘Musilanguage’ Model of Language Evolution
  • A. Nikolsky
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Front. Psychol.
  • 26 February 2018
TLDR
The model of musilanguage (Brown, 2000, 2017) requires a new musicological term to refer to its texture, and heterophony is considered as a general textural type of ornamental, harmonic, and/or polyphonic variation that can complicate classification. Expand
The Overlooked Tradition of “Personal Music” and Its Place in the Evolution of Music
This is an attempt to describe and explain so-called timbre-based music as a special system of musicking, communication, and psychological and social usage, which along with its corresponding beliefsExpand
Editorial: The Evolution of Music
TLDR
This volume addresses a number of interdisciplinary problems that were identified by the contributing authors and addresses a growing conviction amongst Western scholars of ethnomusicological background that humanities and sciences are fundamentally split. Expand
The Pastoral Origin of Semiotically Functional Tonal Organization of Music
  • A. Nikolsky
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Frontiers in Psychology
  • 23 July 2020
TLDR
The most likely scenario for music to have become fully semiotically functional and to have spread wide enough to avoid extinctions is the formation of cross-specific communication between humans and domesticated animals during the Neolithic demographic explosion and the subsequent cultural revolution. Expand
“Talking Jew’s Harp” and Its Relation to Vowel Harmony as a Paradigm of Formative Influence of Music on Language
A very popular, yet barely researched, musical instrument is Jew’s harp (a.k.a. Jaw harp, JH). Its earliest archeological occurrences date back to the early Bronze Age, but its simplestExpand