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    The Conundrum of Modern Art.Jan Verpooten & Siegfried Dewitte - 2017 - Human Nature 28 (1):16-38.
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    Complex vocal learning and three-dimensional mating environments.Jan Verpooten - 2021 - Biology and Philosophy 36 (2):1-31.
    Complex vocal learning, the capacity to imitate new sounds, underpins the evolution of animal vocal cultures and song dialects and is a key prerequisite for human speech and song. Due to its relevance for the understanding of cultural evolution and the biology and evolution of language and music, the trait has gained much scholarly attention. However, while we have seen tremendous progress with respect to our understanding of its morphological, neurological and genetic aspects, its peculiar phylogenetic distribution has remained elusive. (...)
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    Singing is not associated with social complexity across species.Jan Verpooten & Marcel Eens - 2021 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 44.
    Based on their social bonding hypothesis, Savage et al. predict a relation between “musical” behaviors and social complexity across species. However, our qualitative comparative review suggests that, although learned contact calls are positively associated with complex social dynamics across species, songs are not. Yet, in contrast to songs, and arguably consistent with their functions, contact calls are not particularly music-like.
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    The Evolutionary Significance of the Arts: Exploring the By-product Hypothesis in the Context of Ritual, Precursors, and Cultural Evolution.Derek Hodgson & Jan Verpooten - 2015 - Biological Theory 10 (1):73-85.
    The role of the arts has become crucial to understanding the origins of “modern human behavior,” but continues to be highly controversial as it is not always clear why the arts evolved and persisted. This issue is often addressed by appealing to adaptive biological explanations. However, we will argue that the arts have evolved culturally rather than biologically, exploiting biological adaptations rather than extending them. In order to support this line of inquiry, evidence from a number of disciplines will be (...)
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    Sensory exploitation: Underestimated in the evolution of art as once in sexual selection theory?Jan Verpooten & Mark Nelissen - unknown
    In this paper we argue that sensory exploitation, a model from sexual selection theory, deserves more attention in evolutionary thinking about art than it has up until now. We base our argument on the observation that in the past sensory exploitation may have been underestimated in sexual selection theory but that it is now winning field. Likewise, we expect sensory exploitation can play a more substantial role in modeling the evolution of art behavior. Darwin's theory of sexual selection provides a (...)
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    Art and Signaling in a Cultural Species.Jan Verpooten - 2015 - Dissertation, Ku Leuven
    In recent years, the research field of the evolution of art has witnessed contributions from a wide range of disciplines across the "three cultures". In this thesis, I make both a critical review of existing explanations, and try to do elucidate the evolution of art by employing insights, methods and concepts from different disciplines. First, I critically evaluate the evidentiary criteria from standard evolutionary psychology some accounts employ to demonstrate that art qualifies as a human biological adaptation. I argue that (...)
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    Expertise Affects Aesthetic Evolution in the Domain of Art.Jan Verpooten - 2018 - In Zoï Kapoula, Emmanuelle Volle, Julien Renoult & Moreno Andreatta (eds.), Exploring Transdisciplinarity in Art and Sciences. Springer Verlag. pp. 303-326.
    An unmade bed. A cigarette glued to the wall. A replica of a soup can box. Drippings on a canvas. Can an evolutionary approach help us understand the production and appreciation of, sometimes perplexing, modern and contemporary art? This chapter attempts at this by investigating two hypotheses about the evolution of human aesthetics in the domain of art. The first hypothesis, commonly called evolutionary aesthetics, asserts that aesthetic preferences, such as those for particular faces, body shapes and animals, have evolved (...)
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    Why did art behavior evolve? A cultural sensory exploitation hypothesis.Jan Verpooten - unknown
    Sexual selection theory provides interesting tools to address the evolution of human art behavior as it contains models that explain the evolution of elaborate male display traits and these traits exhibit conspicuous similarities with human art behavior. In sexual selection theory, it is recently suggested sensory exploitation hypothesis offers a valuable alternative to good genes and Fisherian runaway. Because, one, it can explain the origins of male display traits while good genes and Fisherian runaway cannot, and two, it can even (...)
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    Brian Boyd’s Evolutionary Account of Art: Fiction or Future?: Brian Boyd: On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA/london, 2009, 540 pp, $35.00 hbk, ISBN 978-0-6740-3357-3. [REVIEW]Jan Verpooten - 2011 - Biological Theory 6 (2):176-183.
    There has been a recent surge of evolutionary explanations of art. In this article I evaluate one currently influential example, Brian Boyd’s recent book On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction (2009). The book offers a stimulating collection of findings, ideas, and hypotheses borrowed from a wide range of research disciplines (philosophy of art and art criticism, anthropology, evolutionary and developmental psychology, neurobiology, ethology, etc.), brought together under the umbrella of evolution. However, in so doing Boyd lumps together (...)
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    R ichard O. P rum, The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — and Us, New York: Doubleday, 2017, 448 pp., $30.00 hardback. [REVIEW]Jan Verpooten - 2020 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 42 (2):1-5.
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