Unraveling the mystery of music: music as an evolved group process.

@article{Loersch2013UnravelingTM,
  title={Unraveling the mystery of music: music as an evolved group process.},
  author={Chris Loersch and N. Arbuckle},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2013},
  volume={105 5},
  pages={
          777-98
        }
}
As prominently highlighted by Charles Darwin, music is one of the most mysterious aspects of human nature. Despite its ubiquitous presence across cultures and throughout recorded history, the reason humans respond emotionally to music remains unknown. Although many scientists and philosophers have offered hypotheses, there is little direct empirical evidence for any perspective. Here we address this issue, providing data which support the idea that music evolved in service of group living… Expand

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