Music, biological evolution, and the brain

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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… (More)

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@inproceedings{Patel2010MusicBE, title={Music, biological evolution, and the brain}, author={Aniruddh D. Patel}, year={2010} }