The nature of music and its evolution

Ian Cross

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780199298457
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The nature of music and its evolution

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This article outlines aspects of ‘classical’ evolutionary theory before delineating some of the factors that have led to the fall and rise in the fortunes of evolutionary theory as applied to music. It gives an outline of current conceptions of the relationship between music and evolutionary theory, and concludes by exploring some of the implications for music psychology of evolutionary views of music.

Keywords: evolutionary theory; music psychology; music

Article.  7567 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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