Is Music an Evolutionary Adaptation?
Article first published online: 25 JAN 2006
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume 930, THE BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC pages 43–61, June 2001
How to Cite
HURON, D. (2001), Is Music an Evolutionary Adaptation?. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 930: 43–61. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2001.tb05724.x
- Issue published online: 25 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 25 JAN 2006
- Evolutionary theories of music;
- Music industry;
- Evolutionary origin of language;
- Music and social bonding;
- Mood regulation
Abstract: In contemplating the function and origin of music, a number of scholars have considered whether music might be an evolutionary adaptation. This article reviews the basic arguments related to evolutionary claims for music. Although evolutionary theories about music remain wholly speculative, musical behaviors satisfy a number of basic conditions, which suggests that there is indeed merit in pursuing possible evolutionary accounts.