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Toward a productive evolutionary understanding of music

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 September 2021

Samuel A. Mehr
Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA02138,,, Data Science Initiative, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA02138 School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington6012, New Zealand
Max M. Krasnow
Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA02138,,,
Gregory A. Bryant
Department of Communication, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA90095,, Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA90095, USA
Edward H. Hagen
Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA98686, USA.,


We discuss approaches to the study of the evolution of music (sect. R1); challenges to each of the two theories of the origins of music presented in the companion target articles (sect. R2); future directions for testing them (sect. R3); and priorities for better understanding the nature of music (sect. R4).

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