Could you tell what's a lullaby or dance song even if it was in another language? What does our response to music reveal about universality, cultural diversity and human cognition?
Mehr and an interdisciplinary team (musicians, data scientists, psychologists, linguists and political scientists) analysed vocal music from 300+ cultures stretching back over 100 years. These analyses lay out the building blocks of music across the breadth of human societies, revealing both universal features and patterns of variability in our culture.
What does this mean? In terms of mapping and understanding how people connect and communicate through music? Dr Mehr will explore key insights and implications from the project.