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 and behavior cross-culturally.
To test cross-cultural associations between song and behavior, this study examined 20 previously hypothesized associations (behaviors relating to: dance, infancy, healing, religious activity, play, procession, mourning, ritual, entertainment, children, mood/emotions, work, storytelling, greeting visitors, war, praise, love, group bonding, marriage/weddings, and art/creation). Of the 20 behaviors tested, 14 were significantly related for both methods, and one method was significant in the 6 remaining.