Parent-Offspring Conflict and the Evolution of Infant-Directed Song
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CitationMehr, Samuel A., and Max M. Krasnow. 2017. Parent-Offspring Conflict and the Evolution of Infant-Directed Song. Evolution and Human Behavior 38, no. 5: 674-684.
AbstractWe present a theory of the origin and evolution of infant-directed song, a form of music found in many cultures. After examining the ancestral ecology of parent-infant relations, we propose that infant-directed song arose in an evolutionary arms race between parents and infants, stemming from the dynamics of parent-offspring conflict. We describe testable predictions that follow from this theory, consider some existing evidence for them, and entertain the possibility that infant-directed song could form the basis for the development of other, more complex forms of music.
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