Form and Function in Human Song

Current Biology Vol/Iss. 28 Elsevier Ltd. Published In Pages: 356-368
By Mehr, Samuel A., Singh, Manvir, York, Hunter, Glowacki, Luke , Krasnow, Max M.


People will identify song functions solely from form. Additionally, individuals will make comparable inferences to others.


Form-function inferences were made for three common songs found universally - dance songs, healing songs, and lullabies- but not for love songs.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Multiple RegressionSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Song Function DependentMusic
Form IndependentMusic, Musical Instruments