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Oxytocin as an allostatic agent in the social bonding effects of music

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Despite acknowledging that musicality evolved to serve multiple adaptive functions in human evolution, Savage et al. promote social bonding to an overarching super-function. Yet, no unifying neurobiological framework is offered. We propose that oxytocin constitutes a socio-allostatic agent whose modulation of sensing, learning, prediction, and behavioral responses with reference to the physical and social environment facilitates music's social bonding effects.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere75
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume44
Pages (from-to)61
Number of pages64
ISSN0140-525X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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