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The similarity of musical scales and consonance judgments across human populations has no generally accepted explanation. Here we present evidence that these aspects of auditory perception arise from the statistical structure of naturally occurring periodic sound stimuli. An analysis of speech sounds, the principal source of periodic sound stimuli in the human acoustical environment, shows that the probability distribution of amplitude-frequency combinations in human utterances predicts bothdoi:10.1523/jneurosci.23-18-07160.2003 pmid:12904476 fatcat:ghcfe6fsfffsbmwgtac5sj4xkq