Humans can identify a melody (pitch) whether it's played by a piano or violin (timbre). This separation of pitch and timbre that depends on attention to the harmonic series may be an unusual phenomenon in the animal kingdom and may be important for our perception and production of music. This project aims to compare pitch and timbre perception across species in order to get a clearer picture of the evolution of music in humans.

Cooperation Partners

  • Jason Yee, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria
  • Juan Manuel Toro, University of Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Henkjan Honing, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Michelle Spierings, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Chris Sturdy, University of Alberta, Canada