Cognitive function, origin, and evolution of musical emotions

@article{Perlovsky2012CognitiveFO,
  title={Cognitive function, origin, and evolution of musical emotions},
  author={Leonid I. Perlovsky},
  journal={Musicae Scientiae},
  year={2012},
  volume={16},
  pages={185 - 199}
}
Based on recent advancements in cognitive science and mathematical models of the mind, this paper proposes a hypothesis on a fundamental role of music in cognition, and in the evolution of the mind, consciousness, and cultures. The vocalizations of proto-humans split into two types: one less emotional and more concretely semantic, evolving into language, and the other preserving emotional connections along with semantic ambiguity, evolving into music. The proposed hypothesis considers specific… Expand
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