Do Chimpanzees Like Music?

Chimpanzees prefer West-African and North-Indian music. That is the conclusion of an interesting study, co-authored by primatologist Frans de Waal, that appeared last week in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition.

How a Californian Sea Lion Made My Day

She behaved like a rising star: patiently posing and even presenting a kiss on my cheek...
Why Humans Can, But Apes and Monkeys Can’t Sync to the Beat

Why Humans Can, But Apes and Monkeys Can’t Sync to the Beat

Despite their genetic proximity, human and non-human primates differ in their capacity for ‘beat induction’, which is the ability to perceive a regular pulse in music or auditory stimuli and accordingly align motor skills by way of foot-tapping or dancing.

The Beauty Of Birdsong

When we call something music, are we projecting our own biases?

Was Steven Pinker Right After All?

Our talent for music might have survived natural selection in order to stimulate and develop our mental faculties.

Are Emotions in Music Universal?

Intriguing study on the induction of emotions by music in our Western and the African Mafa culture.

How Does the Musical Mind Work?

New book science writer Philip Ball on the science of music cognition.

Why Does a Well-Tuned Modern Piano Not Sound Out-of Tune?

Did Pythagoras, Galilei, and like-minded thinkers get it wrong?

German Babies Cry Differently From French Babies, Research Shows

German babies cry differently from French babies. But why? A recent TED talk explains...

Music Might Well Precede Language

Babies cry differently.

First listening experiences

De do do do, de da da da...

Can infants recognize melodies heard in the womb?

Ongoing research into the effects of listening to music in the womb.

Crying of newborn babies: A sign of inborn musical skill?

Even the crying of newborn babies seems to be more musical than we might think... 

What makes a theory compelling?

Can a theory be surprising in itself? Karl Popper was a philosopher of science that was very much interested in this question. He tried to distinguish 'science' from 'pseudoscience', but got more and more dissatisfied with the idea that the empirical method could effectively mark this distinction.