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Music, biological evolution, and the brain

  title={Music, biological evolution, and the brain},
  author={Aniruddh D. Patel},
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 invention and is biologically useless (Pinker, 1997). I argue that research on music and the brain… 

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  • L. Trainor
  • Psychology, Biology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2015
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