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Villanueva Hernández Luis Alejandro | Other
2018-10-15 - 2020-01-31 | Research area: Other
The Origins of Musical Behavior as Co-evolution of Cognitive Capacities of Social Interaction

According to niche construction perspective, the aim of this project is to develop a theoretical model to explain the origins of cognitive musical capacities not committed to the task of identifying one crucial cause (natural selection, sexual selection, genetic inheritance, brain architecture, pleasure production, or any other) that occurred in a specific period of time to solve a particular survival issue. Instead, it will be argued that cognitive musical capacities may have evolved as part of interdependent and intertwined bio-cultural processes that enhanced the evolution of our cognitive capacities for basic social interaction over the development of our hominin lineage.