This is a book I've been waiting to read. I devoured it. Easy enough to follow for the layperson, and full of useful findings for the specialist. It is beautifully written by one of the true world experts in our field. A triumph, and a book that deserves to be read and cited for many years to come.
We take our love of tunes and sense of rhythm for granted, but Henkjan Honing is here to tell us that it is biology, not culture, that has given humanity its astounding musical talents. In a lively first-person account of recent discoveries in neuroscience and animal behavior, he illuminates the ancient roots of musicality.
Think you can dance better than a monkey? This scientific adventure story tells us why some animals can follow a beat, while most can't. Read this book, then get up out of your chair and show off your moves.
How far beyond our species do musical capacities extend? In this genial and accessible research diary, music cognition specialist Honing narrates his forays into behavioral biology to answer this question. By exploring the rich perceptions and responses of monkeys, finches, sea lions, and more, he fashions an appreciation for the singularity that is human music.
A music researcher's quest to discover other musical species