New Evolutionary Studies about Rock Music
My Nguyen June 13, 2012
Findings from a University of California-based team of researchers are providing interesting fodder that the reason why rock music excites us is grounded in evolutionary signals – it triggers animal distress calls in us.
“Music that shares aural characteristics with the vocalization of distressed animals captures human attention and is uniquely arousing,” Daniel Blumstein, an author on animal distress calls and one of the study’s authors and chair of the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology told Dailymail.co.uk.
Blumstein and his counterparts’ new found thesis underscores the fact that soundtracks for dramatic films, which have more abrupt shifts in frequency, are giving researchers the basis behind findings that most of these effects that are found in rock music are actually underminded if the music is paired with unevocative imagery, reports Dailymail.co.uk.
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