Multimodal affective interaction: A Comment on Musical Origins

Steven Robert Livingstone, William Forde Thompson*

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The rigors of establishing innateness and domain specificity pose challenges to adaptationist models of music evolution. In articulating a series of constraints, the authors of the target articles provide strategies for investigating the potential origins of music. We propose additional approaches for exploring theories based on exaptation. We discuss a view of music as a multimodal system of engaging with affect, enabled by capacities of symbolism and a theory of mind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalMusic Perception
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006
Externally publishedYes


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