The origins of the aesthetic enjoyment of music A review of the literature

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dc.contributor.author Brattico, Elvira
dc.contributor.author Brattico, Pauli
dc.contributor.author Jacobsen, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-26T22:53:39Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-26T22:53:39Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Brattico, E., Brattico P. & Jacobsen, T. (2009). The origins of the aesthetic enjoyment of music A review of the literature. Musicae Scientiae, Special issue 2009-2010, 15-39.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/22465
dc.description.abstract       Listeners attribute a positive or negative value to music. This aesthetic experience is known to be observable over the individuals entire life span, from early childhood to old age, and in every culture. It is then often concluded that such an aesthetic experience constitutes part of the human nature, having an important biological foundation. This assumption leads to the question of how aesthetic experience of music originated in the biological evolution. In this paper, we will explore this question in the light of evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, and systems neuroscience. After reviewing the existing proposals, we conclude that the explanation of the origin of aesthetic experience in music is likely to involve a more heterogeneous set of biological mechanisms than what is often assumed.  en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.subject.other empirical aesthetics en
dc.subject.other music emotions en
dc.subject.other pleasure en
dc.subject.other adaptation en
dc.subject.other neurosciences of music en
dc.title The origins of the aesthetic enjoyment of music A review of the literature en
dc.type Article en

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