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The Universal Language of Music

In a recent study published in the Journal Current Biology, researchers reported results that support a preexisting assertion that music contains universal links between form and function in vocal music.

“Despite the staggering diversity of music influenced by countless cultures and readily available to the modern listener, our shared human nature may underlie basic musical structures that transcend cultural differences,” says Samuel Mehr at Harvard University.

These findings are particularly astounding due to the implications that human responses, behavioral and emotional, remain similar across vastly different and far spread populations.

Music then, functions as our universal mother tongue.

The tests are continuing amongst even smaller populations of people in even more isolated societies in order to pin point additional features in music that would further demonstrate universal similarities in their function. Find out more about the specifics of this study here:

Cell Press “Music Really is a Universal Language.” (accessed January 25, 2018).

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