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Interdisciplinary perspectives on the capacity to perceive, appreciate, and make music.

Boekomslag The Origins of Musicality

Research shows that all humans have a predisposition for music, just as they do for language. All of us can perceive and enjoy music, even if we can't carry a tune and consider ourselves “unmusical.”

This volume offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the capacity to perceive, appreciate, and make music. Scholars from biology, musicology, neurology, genetics, computer science, anthropology, psychology, and other fields consider what music is for and why every human culture has it; whether musicality is a uniquely human capacity; and what biological and cognitive mechanisms underlie it.

The Origins of Musicality

  • Edited by Henkjan Honing
  • The MIT Press, Cambridge MA USA, London 2018
  • ISBN: 9780262037457