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Reflections on the Musical Mind: An Evolutionary Perspective

Jay Schulkin


What's so special about music? We experience it internally, yet at the same time it is highly social. Music engages our cognitive/affective and sensory systems. We use music to communicate with one another—and even with other species—the things that we cannot express through language. Music is both ancient and ever evolving. Without music, our world is missing something essential. This book offers a social and behavioral neuroscientific explanation of why music matters. Its aim is not to provide a grand, unifying theory. Instead, it guides the reader through the relevant scientific evidence th ... More

Keywords: music, neuroscience, meaning, memory, aesthetics, social development, child development, dance, musical expression, well-being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157443
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay Schulkin, author
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists