Is Our Love of Music Just a Cosmic Accident?

According to science, it could be.

Photo by Nainoa Shizuru on Unsplash

The baby birds that preferred a fake mom

In the 1950s, while researching Herring Gulls, Nikolaas Tinbergen noticed that Herring Gull chicks will naturally peck at a red spot on their parent’s bill to beg for food. He speculated that it was the contrast between the colors — the red spot on the yellow bill — that drove the behavior. To test this hypothesis, he offered the chicks other options with more dramatic color contrast. What he found was bizarre. The chicks would more frequently peck at a red knitting needle with bands of white than an accurate model of an adult Herring Gull’s head. The chicks preferred the knitting needle to mom!

Pass the chips!

Have you ever wondered why “junk food” is so hard to avoid eating? Or why it tastes so damn good?

Is music a superstimulus?

To understand how music could be a superstimulus, we first need to understand music’s connection to language.

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