Arafat Angulo-Perkins, PhD

Funded by: CONACyT  CVU:233109


I am currently researching the evolution of human musicality. Drumming is an universal human behavior and it is considered one of the components of human musicality, involving the production of structured communicative sounds generated by striking objects (or other body parts) with limbs, and it has its own underlying neural mechanisms and evolutionary history. By investigating drumming behavior in our nearest primate relatives such as gorillas and chimpanzees, I am trying to identify, from a comparative perspective, some of the mechanisms underlying the human propensity to generate communicative percussive sounds.

During my PhD in Neuroscience, I worked with music and speech perception using different MRI techniques in humans (musicians and non-musicians), investigating the neural substrates involved in music processing in comparison with those involved in speech perception, and whether musical experience modulates the response of cortical regions involved in music processing. Previously, I studied a MSc in Neurobiology working with synaptic plasticity, spatial exploration and memory consolidation in the rat hippocampus.