Ecological and psychological factors in the cultural evolution of music

October 5, 2021

Thom Scott-Phillips, Atsuko Tominaga and Helena Miton

The two target articles agree that processes of cultural evolution generate richness and diversity in music, but neither address this question in a focused way. We sketch one way to proceed – and hence suggest how the target articles differ not only in empirical claims, but also in their tacit, prior assumptions about the relationship between cognition and culture.