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Music, evolution, and the harmony of souls

Alan R. Harvey


This is a book about the importance of music in human evolution and its continued relevance to modern-day human society—how, from the very beginning of our species, musical communication has been a key component of prosocial, cooperative behaviors, acting as a counterweight to the other, newly evolved human communication system—language. It is about why music continues to be an essential part of human cognitive well-being in the twenty-first century. Early chapters review the amusia and neuroimaging literature to describe music processing in the brain, contrasting this with how the brain proce ... More

Keywords: music, language, neuroscience, speech, evolution, altruism, empathy, culture, education, therapy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan R. Harvey, author
Emeritus Professor, The University of Western Australia