Ritual harmony: Toward an evolutionary theory of music

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (5):576-577 (2008)
Juslin & Vll (J&V) advance our understanding of the proximate mechanisms underlying emotional responses to music, but fail to integrate their findings into a comprehensive evolutionary model that addresses the adaptive functions of these responses. Here we offer such a model by examining the ontogenetic relationship between music, ritual, and symbolic abstraction and their role in facilitating social coordination and cooperation.
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X08005311
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