Most papers are open access and free to download (just click on the paper title to get redirected to the PDF). If you cannot find a specific article, please do get in touch with me. Equal contributions are denoted by *, empirical papers by (e) and theoretical papers by (t).

Journals – Submitted/Under review

36(t). Ravignani, A., Thompson, B., Filippi, P. (submitted). The evolution of musicality: What is to learn from language evolution research?

35(e).  Versace, E., Rogge, J. R., Shelton-May, N., Ravignani, A. (2017, preprint) Positional encoding in cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). bioRxiv.

34(t). Ravignani, A. (submitted). “Comment on “Temporal and spatial variation in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina L.) roar calls from southern Scandinavia” [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 141, 1824-1834 (2017)]

33(t). Ravignani, A., Verhoef, T. (submitted). Which melodic universals emerge from repeated signaling games?

32(t). Ravignani, A. (submitted). Darwin, sexual selection, and the origins of music.

31(t). Ravignani, A., Madison, G. (in review). The paradox of isochrony in the evolution of human rhythm.

30(t). Ravignani, A., Kotz, S. A. (in revision). Evolution of temporal interaction: A comparative approach to social timing.

29(e). Ravignani, A.*,  Filippi, P.* & Fitch, T. (in revision) Perceptual tuning and rule abstraction: insights for comparative experiments on pattern perception.

Journals – Published/In press

28(t). Ravignani, A., Honing H., & Kotz S.A. (2017) Editorial: The Evolution of Rhythm Cognition: Timing in Music and Speech. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11:303. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00303.

27(t). Ravignani, A. (2017) Interdisciplinary debate: Agree on definitions of synchrony. Nature. 545, 158.

26(t). Ravignani, A., Thompson, B. (2017) A note on ‘Noam Chomsky – What kind of creatures are we?’ Language in Society. 46(3), 446-447.

25(e). Ravignani, A.*, Gross, S.*, Garcia, M., Rubio-Garcia, A., & de Boer, B. (2017) How small could a pup sound? The physical bases of signalling body size in harbour seals. Current Zoology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/cz/zox026.

24(e/t). Ravignani, A. (2017) Visualizing and interpreting rhythmic patterns using phase space plots. Music Perception. 34(5), 557-568.

23(t). Ravignani, A.* & Norton, P.* (2017) Measuring rhythmic complexity: A primer to quantify and compare temporal structure in speech, movement, and animal vocalizations. Journal of Language Evolution. 2 (1), 4-19doi:10.1093/jole/lzx002.

22(e). Ravignani, A.* & Sonnweber, R.* (2017) Chimpanzees process structural isomorphisms across sensory modalities. Cognition. 161, 74-79.

21(e). Ravignani, A., Delgado, T. & Kirby, S. (2016) Musical evolution in the lab exhibits rhythmic universals. Nature Human Behaviour. 1:1.

20(e). Jadoul, Y.*, Ravignani, A.*, Thompson, B.*, Filippi, P., & de Boer, B. (2016). Seeking temporal predictability in speech: Comparing statistical approaches on 18 world languages. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 10:586.

19(t). Ravignani, A. & Cook, P. (2016) The evolutionary biology of dance, without frills. Current Biology. 26:19.

18(e). Geambasu, A.*, Ravignani, A.*, & Levelt, C. C. (2016). Preliminary experiments on human sensitivity to rhythmic structure in a grammar with recursive self-similarity. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 10:281.

17(t). Ravignani, A., Fitch, W. T., Hanke, F. D., Heinrich, T., Hurgitsch, B., Kotz, S. A., Scharff, C., Stoeger, A.S., & de Boer, B. (2016). What pinnipeds have to say about human speech, music, and the evolution of rhythm. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 10:274.

16(t). Ravignani A. (2015). Evolving perceptual biases for antisynchrony: A form of temporal coordination beyond synchrony. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 9:339.

15(e). Ravignani, A., Westphal-Fitch, G., Aust, U., Schlumpp, M. & Fitch, T. (2015) More than one way to see it: Individual heuristics in avian visual computation. Cognition.

14(e). Sonnweber, R., Ravignani, A., Stobbe, N., Schiestl, G., Wallner, B. & Fitch, T. (2015) Rank-dependent grooming patterns and cortisol alleviation in Barbary macaques. American Journal of Primatology.

13(t). Ravignani, A.* & Sonnweber, R.* (2015) Measuring teaching through hormones and time series analysis: Towards a comparative framework. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

12(e). Sonnweber R-S, Ravignani A, Fitch WT. (2015) Non-adjacent visual dependency learning in chimpanzees. Animal Cognition.

11(t). Ravignani, A., Bowling, D. & Fitch, T. (2014) Chorusing, synchrony and the evolutionary functions of rhythm. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1118.

10(e). Fuhrmann, D., Ravignani, A., Marshall-Pescini, S. & Whiten, A. (2014). Synchrony and motor mimicking in chimpanzee observational learningScientific Reports, 4: 5283.

9(t). Ravignani, A. (2014) Chronometry for the chorusing herd: Hamilton’s legacy on context-dependent acoustic signalling—a comment on Herbers (2013). Biology letters10(1), 20131018.

8(t). Ravignani, A.*, Martins, M.* & Fitch, W.T. (2014) Vocal learning, prosody and basal ganglia: Don’t underestimate their complexity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

7(e). Ravignani A, Sonnweber R-S, Stobbe N, Fitch WT. (2013) Action at a distance: dependency sensitivity in a New World primate. Biology Letters, 9: 20130852.

6(e). Ravignani, A.; Olivera, V.M.; Gingras, B.; Hofer, R.; Hernandez, C.R.; Sonnweber, R.-S.; Fitch, W.T. (2013) Primate Drum Kit: A System for Studying Acoustic Pattern Production by Non-Human Primates Using Acceleration and Strain Sensors. Sensors, 13, 9790-9820.

Invited Papers in Popular Science Journals

5(t). Ravignani, A., Chiandetti, C. & Gamba, M. (in press) L’evoluzione del ritmo musicale. Le Scienze. [The evolution of musical rhythm. Scientific American, Italian edition.]

Full Papers in Peer-reviewed Proceedings

4(t). Ravignani, A., Bowling, D. & Kirby, S. (2014) The psychology of biological clocks: a new framework for the evolution of rhythm. The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 10th international conference. (pp. 262-269) ISBN 978-981-4603-62-1.

3(t). Ravignani, A.; Gingras, B.; Asano, R.; Sonnweber, R.; Matellan, V.; Fitch, W.T. (2013) The Evolution of Rhythmic Cognition: New Perspectives and Technologies in Comparative Research. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society; Knauff, M., Pauen M., Sebanz, N. & Wachsmuth, I., Eds.; Cognitive Science Society: Austin, TX, USA; pp. 1199-1204.

2(e). Ravignani, A. & Fitch, W.T. (2012) Sonification of experimental parameters as a new method for efficient coding of behavior. Proceedings of Measuring Behavior 2012, 8th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research. Edited by A.J. Spink, F. Grieco, O.E. Krips, L.W.S. Loijens, L.P.J.J. Noldus, and P.H. Zimmerman ISBN 978-90-74821-87-2 (pg.376- 379).


1(t). Martins, M., Raju, A. & Ravignani, A. (2014) Evaluating the role of quantitative modeling in language evolution.§ The Past, Present and Future of Language Evolution Research. (pp.84-93) ISBN 978-4-9906340-1-8.