Steven R. Livingstone, University of Queensland, Brisbane
This talk will be in the area of music origins, discussing the multimodal nature of music, and a theory of mind. It challenges the conventional innateness hypotheses that currently exist in music origins literature. Topics to be raised include the communication of emotion in music, and how this is achieved/similar to: gestures, dance, speech, visual imagery (movie), and stimulus synchronisation; as well as how certain speech learning mechanisms are found in music. It is argued that music functions as an instantiation of a more generalised mechanism for affective engagement, leveraging a variety of multimodal channels employed across the arts and speech; the diversification of which is largely governed by culture.