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Singing the Same Tune

Are certain elements of music hard-wired into our brains? If there are universals in how we perceive music and respond to it, our musical sense might have some adaptive value.

“A number of musicians, including some notable composers, claim that music is a universal form of human communication which transcends barriers of culture and language,” writes Phillip Ball. “Now psychologists are putting this universality back on the agenda, and are investigating whether certain elements of music are hard-wired into the brain.”


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