Volume 930, Issue 1 p. 43-61

Is Music an Evolutionary Adaptation?


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School of Music, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA

Address for correspondence: David Huron, Ph.D., School of Music, Ohio State University, 1866 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210. Voice: 614-688-4753; fax: 614-292-1102; [email protected].Search for more papers by this author
First published: 25 January 2006
Citations: 196


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.