Universality and diversity in human song

Science Vol/Iss. 366(6468) American Association for the Advancement of Science Washington, D.C. Published In Pages: eaax0868
By Mehr, Samuel A., Singh, Manvir, Knox, Dean, Ketter, Daniel M., Pickens-Jones, Daniel, Atwood, S., Lucas, Christopher, Jacoby, Nori, Egner, Alena A., Hopkins, Erin J., Howard, Rhea M., Hartshorne, Joshua K., Jennings, Mariela V., Simson, Jan, Bainbridge, Constance M., Pinker, Steven, O’Donnell, Timothy J., Krasnow, Max M., Glowacki, Luke


There is a positive relationship between song type and location within a 3d space (with x,y,z axes of formality, religiosity, and arousal).


This result was statistically significant for three of the four song types (dance: 66%; healing: 74%; love: 62%; ps < .001) though not for lullabies (39%, p = .425)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Permutation testSupportedp < .001UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Song typeDependentMusic