The Evolution of Music Cognition
Reviewing and synthesizing the research literature on evolutionary theories of human musical behavior.
Finding relevant articles and books, reading the relevant passages, working with me to create a timeline and taxonomy of different theories of the evolution of human musical behavior, from Darwin onward.
Skills needed: proactive, organized, good at taking notes from research articles or books and synthesizing information into clear, concise documents. A background in evolutionary biology and an interest in music cognition would be ideal for this project.
Having a research partner will allow me to find, examine, and synthesize a broader range of research literature on this topic than I could on my own. If the collaboration goes well, we will aim to publish a comprehensive review article on evolutionary theories of human musical behavior, on which the student would be a co-author.