Music and language: relations and disconnections

Music, communication, emotion, researchA report by Dr Nina Krauss and Jessica Slater of Northwestern University once again reinforces the very fundamental importance of music. This time, the research points to its possible role in the development of human cognition, by providing social bonding and shared emotion.

The study concludes that music and language are two sides of the human communication coin. While language is effective for semantically precise communication, the great strength of music lies in its facilitation of social bonding and shared emotion.

Both systems of communication are derived from the fundamental building blocks of sound, its inherent harmonic properties, and its temporal patterns. In many senses music and language are sewn from the same cloth, but their complementary strengths may have played distinct and important roles in the emergence of human cognition and learning.

SOURCES:
Brainvolts (Northwestern University): http://www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu/documents/Kraus_Slater_2015.pdf

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