Complexity Digest 2008.23 - 05
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Science & Music: The Neural Roots Of Music, Nature
Excerpts: Certain sounds elicit specific, powerful emotions in people, presumably a testament to the evolutionary heritage of our auditory systems. Low, loud, dissonant sounds evoke fear; rapid, higher, consonant sounds evoke friendliness or joy. Mothers around the world talk and sing to infants using a cooing tone of voice and higher pitch than when interacting with adults. Infants prefer these higher-pitched vocalizations and mothers sing in different styles to help prelinguistic infants regulate their emotional state. Across cultures, songs sung while playing with babies are fast, high and contain exaggerated rhythmic accents; lullabies are lower, slower and softer.
- Source: Science & Music: The Neural Roots Of Music
[ http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v453/n7195/full/453598a.html ], Laurel Trainor, DOI: 10.1038/453598a, Nature 453, 598-599, 08/05/29