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Why make music?

February 2021:

Where did music come from? How and why did it evolve to serve human needs? Professor of Anthropology Ed Hagen and three colleagues lay out their theory in a paper for Behavior and Brain Science. Systematically challenging other common theories, they write that music originated as a “credible signal,” meaning its purpose is instantly recognized by the listener, in two particular contexts—to indicate a strong coalition (as in military force) or parental concern.

Read about their work in the February 2021 issue of ResearchNow! Click on Research Highlights above to read about their work.