Music as social bonding: A cross-cultural perspective

William Shi Yuan Wang, Ivan Yifan Zou

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We extend Savage et al.'s music and social bonding hypothesis by examining it in the context of Chinese music. First, top-down functions such as music as political instrument should receive more attention. Second, solo performance can serve as important cues for social identity. Third, a right match between the tones in lyrics and music contributes also to social bonding.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere95
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2021


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