Research report 2018 - Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Cultural diversity in music perception

Polak, Rainer
Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt am Main
A classical experiment on the perception of musical rhythms, conducted for the first time in cross-culturally comparative perspective, shows close connections between culturally specific structures of perception and the practice of musical styles in Germany, Bulgaria, and Mali. This finding of culture influencing perception contradicts the prevailing assumption of the basic structures of music cognition to be universally determined by human biology.

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