The scientific mystery of why humans love music

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From an evolutionary perspective, it makes no sense whatsoever that music makes us feel emotions. Why would our ancestors have cared about music? Despite many who’d argue the contrary, it’s not necessary for survival.

“C or C-sharp is very rarely a matter of life and death,” says Jean-Julien Aucouturier, a neuroscientist who researches music and emotion at the French Institute of Science in Paris. “Beethoven or Lady Gaga — like them or not — it’s not something you have to scream or run away from.” Full story.

Brian Resnick (Vox Science & Health) / February 4, 2016

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