Suggested Readings for Graduate
An informal list: unsorted, unalphabet-, unpriorit-,
[These are articles that came of interest to us during the class
in some way (citations, etc.). Many of these were suggested by the
students. See the
class schedule for assigned readings]
- Nature's Music: The science of
birdsong. Marler, P. and Slabbekoorn, H. NY: Academic Press.
- "Learning By Instinct." Marler, P, and Gould, J. Scientific American 256:74-85. 1987.
- "A Specialized Forebrain Circuit for Vocal
Babbling in the Juvenile Songbird," Dmitriy Aronov, Aaron S. Andalman, Michale S. Fee. Science
320/5876:630 - 634. 2
Singing Life of Birds: The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong.
Kroodsma (excerpts) (suggestion: pp. 267-276, "Music to our Ears")
- Ecology and evolution of
acoustic communication in birds. Donald E. Kroodsma. Comstock/Cornell
University Press, Ithaca (excerpts)
- "Hearing in birds and reptiles: An overview." Dooling, R.J. and
Popper, A.N. In R.J. Dooling, A.N. Popper, and R.R. Fay (eds). Comparative
Hearing: Birds and Reptiles.
(pp. 1-12). New York: Springer-Verlag. 2000 (Whole book is worth
- "Bird Song and Music: is there a connection?"Interpretive Birdsong Bulletin.
May/June. 2000 (author?)
- Bird Song: Acoustics and
Physiology. Crawford H. Greenwalt. Smithsonian Institution
- "Structure and complexity of perched and flight songs of the tree
pipit(Anthus trivialis)." Petruskov, T., Osiejuk, T. S., Linhart, P.
& Petrusek, A. Annals of Zoologi
Documentation of Combinatorial Song Syntax in a Suboscine
Passerine Species." Daniel W. Leger 2005. (chosen by Beau)
Parrot (chosen by Carmen)
- "Local song elements indicate local genotypes and predict
physiological condition in song sparrows Melospiza melodia." Stewart,
K.; MacDougall-Shackleton, E. Biology
Letters. 4/3:240. June 23, 2008
- "On the Use of Tape Recorders
in Avifaunal Surveys." Parker, T. Auk,
Vol. 8, April, 1991.
- "A Comparison of Point
Counts and Sound Recording as Bird Survey Methods in Amazonian
Southeast Peru." Hasselmayer, J., Quinn, J. The Condor,
- Additional selections from The
Origins of Music (e.g whales)
- The Evolution of Communication.
Marc Hauser. MIT Press. 1997. (excerpts)
- Wild Minds. Marc Hauser.
Henry Holt and Co. 2000 (excerpts)
- "Review: Sound and Vibrations in the (Mostly) Insect World. Gail
72(2):762-3. April, 1991
- "Acoustic signals in cicada courtship behaviour (order Hemiptera,
genus Tibicina)." Sueur J., and Aubin, T. Journal of the Zoological Society of London.
- "Vibration as a Communication Channel: A Synopsis." Peggy Hill. American Zoologist 41(5):1133-1134.
- "Species differences in courtship acoustic signals among five
Lake Malawi cichlid species (Pseudotropheus spp.)." M. C. P. Amorim, J.
M. Simoes, P. J. Fonseca and G. F. Turner: J. Fish Biol., 72(6), 1355-1368.
dolphins eavesdrop on the echolocation signals of conspecifics?"
Gregg, J.D., Dudzinski, K.M., Smith, H.V. International Journal of
- The Songs of Insects. Elliot,
L, and Hirschberger, W. Houghton Mifflin. 2006
- Comparative Hearing: Birds and
Reptiles. Dooling, R., Fay, R., Popper, A (editors). Springer.
- Additional selections from The
Origins of Music (e.g. biomusicology, Nettle, Todd, social
- "The Capacity for Music: What is it, and what's special about
it?" Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff. Cognition.
100/1:33-72. May 2006
Neural Roots of Music." Laurel Trainor. Nature. 453:598-599. May 2008.
- "Listening to Musical Rhythms
Recruits Motor Regions of the Brain." Chen, J; Pehnune, V.;
Zatorre, R. Cerebral Cortex. April,
- Meta + Hodos. Tenney,
James. Frog Peak Music. 1961.
music, syntax and the brain." Aniruddh Patel, Nature Neuroscience,
6/7:674–681. July 2003.
- The Cognitive Neuroscience of
Music. Isabelle Peretz, Robert Zatorre, editors. Oxford
University Press (USA). 2003.
- Reviews and
responses to The Singing
Neanderthals (Mithen, Morley, Wray Tallerman, Gamble), Cambridge
Archeological Journal 16/1:97-112. 2007
- "Are We Experienced
Listeners..." Bigand, E., and Poulin-Charronnat, B. Cognition.
100/1:101-130. May 2006
- "Infant music perception..."
Trehub, S., and Hannon, E. Cognition.
100/1:73-99. May 2006
- "The biology and
evolution of music..." W. Tecumseh Fitch. Cognition.
100/1:173-215. May 2006
Intervals in Speech," Ross, et. al. PNAS 104/23:9852-57. June, 2007
the Biology and Evolution of Music." W. Tecumseh Fitch, Music Perception, 24,/1:
85–88, September 2006
- "The Evolution of music in comparative perspective." W. Tecumseh
Fitch. In The neurosciences and
music II: From perception to performance. Avanzini, et al,
editors. 29-49. NY. Academy of Sciences. 2005.
- "Rhythm and Beat
Perception in Motor Areas of the Brain." Grahn,
J., and Brett, M. Journal of
Cognitive Neuroscience. 19/5:893-906
Affective Interaction: A Comment on Musical Origins." Livingstone
et al. Music Perception
and the Difficulty of Determining Whether Music is an Evolutionary
Adaptation." Trainor. Music
Perception. 24/1:105-110. 2006
- Levine, George. Darwin Loves
You: natural selection and the re-enchantment of the world.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006. (excerpt) (chosen by
Origins of Music: Innateness, uniqueness, and evolution."
McDermott, J; Hauser, M.. Music Perception. 23:29-59.
- "Infant Preferences for infant-directed versus noninfant-directed
playsongs and lullabies. Trainor, L. Infant
Behavior and Development. 19:83-92. 1996
- "A Middle Paleolithic origin of music? Using cave bear bone
accumulations to assess the Fivje Babe I bone 'flute'". D'Errico, F. et
al. Anitquity. 72:65-76. 1998
- "Towards a neural basis of music perception." Koelsch, S, and
Siebel, W. Trends in Cognitive
Sciences 9:578-584. 2005
- "Did the Australophithecines sing?" Livingstone, F. Current Anthropology. 14. 25-29.
- "Talk of
the tone." Aniruddh Patel. Nature.
435:726-7. June 5, 2008.
- "Contour, Interval, and Pitch Recognition in Memory for
Melodies." Dowling and Fujitani. JASA.
49/2:524-532 (Part 2). 1971
Issues in the Evolutionary Psychology of Music."
Justus, T., and Hustler, J. Music
Perception 23/1: 1-27. 2005
- "Can Beautiful Music by Recognized by Computers? Nature, Music
and the Zipf-Mandelbrot Law." Manaris, et al
- "Zipf's Law, Music, Classification and Aesthetics." Maneris et
al. Computer Music Journal.
29/1:55-69. Spring 2005