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Signaling games and music as a credible signal

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The argument by Mehr et al. that music emerged and evolved culturally as a credible signal is convincing, but it lacks one essential ingredient: a model of signaling behavior that supports the main hypothesis theoretically and empirically. We argue that signaling games can help us explain how musical structures emerge as population-level phenomena, through sender–receiver signaling interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere107
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Pages (from-to)e107
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2021

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