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The Mystery of Whale Song

By Kate Yandell | March 1, 2017

Structured whale songs are shared by group members and evolve over time, but the calls’ functions are still unclear.

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Fish Use a Variety of Sounds to Communicate

By Kerry Grens | March 1, 2017

Many fish species click, grunt, growl, grumble, or hum—but is it music?

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Song of Ourselves

By Bob Grant | March 1, 2017

“Nature’s melodies” may be a human construct that says more about us than about the musicality of other animals.

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Beat Deaf

By Molly Sharlach | November 11, 2014

Trouble keeping a rhythm may come from a mismatch between perception and action, a study shows.

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Birdsong Breakdown

By Tracy Vence | November 4, 2014

The hermit thrush favors harmonies like those in human music.

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Filling In the Notes

By Kerry Grens | September 1, 2014

Why the brain produces musical hallucinations

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Music on the Mind

By Jef Akst | March 13, 2014

Three new studies delve into humans’ creation and perception of music.

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Behavior Brief

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | March 12, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Imaging Musical Improv

By Abby Olena | February 21, 2014

Some areas of the brain that typically process language are active in jazz musicians who are improvising, a study shows.

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image: Review: Auditory Hallucinations, Composed

Review: Auditory Hallucinations, Composed

By Ajai Raj | January 16, 2014

A pair of one-act chamber operas takes the audience inside the world of imagined sound. 

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