Indifference to dissonance in native Amazonians reveals cultural variation in music perception

@article{McDermott2016IndifferenceTD,
  title={Indifference to dissonance in native Amazonians reveals cultural variation in music perception},
  author={Josh H. McDermott and A. Schultz and E. Undurraga and R. Godoy},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2016},
  volume={535},
  pages={547-550}
}
Music is present in every culture, but the degree to which it is shaped by biology remains debated. One widely discussed phenomenon is that some combinations of notes are perceived by Westerners as pleasant, or consonant, whereas others are perceived as unpleasant, or dissonant. The contrast between consonance and dissonance is central to Western music, and its origins have fascinated scholars since the ancient Greeks. Aesthetic responses to consonance are commonly assumed by scientists to have… Expand
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