An evolutionary theory of music needs to care about developmental timing

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 44:e74 (2021)
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Both target papers cite evidence from infancy and early childhood to support the notion of human musicality as a somewhat static suite of capacities; however, in our view they do not adequately acknowledge the critical role of developmental timing, the acquisition process, or the dynamics of social learning, especially during later periods of development such as middle childhood.



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