How Music Connects: Social Sensory Consciousness in Musical Ritual

Collective coupling and coordinated joint action in musical ritual settings are core elements of human cultural practices around the world.

Studies of ritual and social cognition have paid increasing attention to the rich embodied, temporal, and sensorial dimensions of social coupling during ritual practice.

In this paper, Ximena González-Grandón explore inclusive perspectives which believe that to take embodied and experimental aspects of synchronized movement seriously it is necessary to include the activation of the entire motor body and peripheral nervous system.

Successful social and musical coupling relies upon the transient synchronization of distinct frecuency oscilations throughout the entire body, and this synchronization allows for brief temporal windows of social communication sustained by special kinds of shared bodily consciousness.

Link to the full article: How Music Connects: Social Sensory Consciousness in Musical Ritual

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