Publications

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/Preprints

41(e). Ravignani, A. (in review). A selfish seal chorus: Timing of contagious calling in a harbor seal pup.

40(e). Reber, S., Šlipogor, V., Oh, J., Ravignani, A., Hoeschele, M., Bugnyar, T., Fitch, W.T. (submitted). Common marmosets are sensitive to simple dependencies at variable distances in an artificial grammar.

39(t). Lumaca, M., Ravignani, A., Baggio, G. (in review) Music evolution in the laboratory: Cultural transmission meets neurophysiology.

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

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

36(t). Ravignani, A., Kotz, S. A. (2017, preprint). Evolution of temporal interaction: A comparative approach to social timing. PeerJ Preprints 5:e3275v1 doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.3275v1

35(t). Ravignani, A. (in review). Darwin, sexual selection, and the origins of music.

Journals – Published/In press

2018

34(t). Ravignani, A., Thompson, B., Filippi, P. (2018). The evolution of musicality: What can be learned from language evolution research? Frontiers in Neuroscience.

33(t). Ravignani, A. (2018). 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)]. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 143(1):504-508. [Author’s PDF, (C) 2018 Acoustical Society of America]

32(e). Ravignani, A.*, Thompson, B.*, Grossi, T., Delgado, T. & Kirby, S. (in press, preprint available) Evolving building blocks of rhythm: How human cognition creates music via cultural transmission. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

31(e). Ravignani, A. (2018) Spontaneous rhythms in a harbor seal pup calls. BMC Research Notes 11(3).

30(t). Ravignani, A., Verhoef, T. (2018, preprint available). Which melodic universals emerge from repeated signaling games? Artificial Life. 24 (2).

2017

29(t). Ravignani, A., Madison, G. (2017). The paradox of isochrony in the evolution of human rhythm. Frontiers in Psychology. 

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.

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. 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), 4-19.

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

2016

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.

2015

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.

2014

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.

2013

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).

Books/Volumes

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.

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