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Why We Like Music: Ear, Emotion, Evolution

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Does music have an evolutionary purpose? This contribution by Italian science journalist Silvia Bencivelli to the fascinating literature on music and the brain evenly surveys the whole range of recent studies and the different conclusions they suggest. How, when, and why did human beings develop brains and bodies with such marvelously precise and complex abilities to hear, ...more
Paperback, 177 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Music Word Media Group (first published January 2007)
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Angus Mcfarlane
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, reviewed, science
Not sure. I agree that music has a profound impact on our emotions in particular, a point made clear to me watching Groundhog Day the musical - it was much more moving than the movie ever was, which surprised me. But I'm not sure I'm much closer to why after reading this book, although it's not the authors fault.

Why we like music succinctly describes the status of music from a scientific perspective. The initial chapters tackle music history, going back into prehistory as well, to examine when m
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