My main interest is looking at music from an evolutionary perspective.
I intend to study the codes by which music transmits information: 1)
identifying them and delving deeper into their peculiarities,
experimentally studying the implicated human behaviours, and comparing
them to the non-verbal codes of language, as well as 2) understand how
and why the relevant neural mechanisms implicated in music and language
processing overlap, by comparing the possible codes shared by music and
language, and contrasting these findings with current relevant
In 2006 I graduated with a 5-year BA in the field of music pedagogy from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (Bogota,
Colombia). For my undergraduate thesis work, I studied the phenomena of
acoustic communication in non-human animals, especially birds and
mammals; I tried to find elements to support the possibility of a
non-human origin of the musical phenomenon, finding enormous
similarities with the processes of musical production, listening and
comprehension in humans.
In 2009 I obtained an MSc in Evolutionary Psychology
with Distinction from the University of Liverpool. Working under the
supervision of Dr. Craig Roberts,
I focused my research project on the evolution of language and acoustic
communication in humans, analysing variations in two non-semantic
characteristics of human speech (i.e. pitch and loudness) in different
social contexts: 1) when trying to attract a potential mate
(inter-sexual) and 2) when competing for a potential mate
(intra-sexual), finding significant context-dependant differences in
the use of these music-like qualities.
Between 2009 and 2010 I held a full-time teaching
position at the Department of Visual Arts Education at the Universidad
Pedagogica Nacional, where I was also a member of the of the Research
Committee and was in charge of the methodological supervision of
several undergraduate training research projects.
I recently submitted my PhD thesis, under the supervision of Dr. S. Craig Roberts (principal) and Dr. Anthony C. Little, funded by a 4-year scholarship from the Colombian Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias).
- Leongómez, J. D., Binter, J., Kubicová, L., Stolarová, P., Klapilová, K., Havlícek, J., & Roberts, S. C. (In press). Vocal modulation during courtship increases proceptivity even in naive listeners. Evolution and Human Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.06.008
- Binter, J., Leongómez, J. D., Moyano, N., Valentova, J., Jouza, L., & Klapilová, K. (2012). Sex differences in the incidence of sexual fantasies focused on evolutionary relevant objects. Anthropologie, 50(1), 83–93.
- Ferdenzi, C., Lemaître, J.-F., Leongómez, J. D., & Roberts, S. C. (2011). Digit ratio (2D:4D) predicts facial, but not voice or body odour, attractiveness in men. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1724), 3551–3557. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.0544
- Leongómez, J.D. (2008). El origen no humano de la música. Pensamiento, Palabra y Obra, 0, 87 – 97
Academic awards and distinctions:
- Colciencias, “Francisco José de Caldas”
scholarships for doctoral studies: This scholarship is awarded to
Colombian nationals to undertake doctoral studies in top quality
Universities abroad by the Department of Science, Technology and
Innovation (Colciencias), based on “academic excellence and
- Annual Prize in Evolutionary Psychology 2008-2009: This Prize is
awarded by the Board of Examiners of the MSc in Evolutionary Psychology
(School of Biological Sciences - University of Liverpool) “to
reflect best overall performance on the degree”.
- University of Liverpool International Scholarship: This scholarship
is awarded solely “on the basis of academic excellence” by
the International Recruitment and Relations Office, University of
- Colfuturo, Scholarship-Loan Programme: This prize is awarded to
Colombian students who “have been admitted unconditionally into a
high quality graduate program” and “have an excellent
- So you can totally tell if someone fancies you by what happens to their voice when they talk to you - Cosmopolitan, 18 July 2014
- Why a deep voice shows he loves you: Men adopt a sing-song tone when talking to women they find attractive - Daily Mail, 21 July 2014
- Why men go 'sing-songy' when they're attracted to someone: Our speech changes when we're talking to someone we fancy, says new research - Daily Mail, 17 July 2014
- Why men change the cadence of their voice - The British Psychological Society, 22 July 2014
- No, Men, Don’t Talk to Women Like Babies - The Cut, New York Magazine, 14 July 2014
- Watch online: New Study Finds Men Change Their Voice When Speaking to Attractive Women - NewsBreaker, Ora TV, 18 July 2014
- In the language of love it's not what you say; it's how you say it - MedicalXpess, 18 July 2014
- Kdyz se muzi nekdo líbí, témer ihned mení hlas (in Czech) - Novinky.cz, 21 July 2014
- Un nuevo estudio revela el verdadero secreto para ser eficaz ligando (in Spanish) - El Confidencial, 17 July 2014
- Quelle est l'arme des hommes pour séduire les femmes? (in French) - auFeminin, 21 July 2014
- Du kan høre på menn når de er forelsket (in Norwegian) - Hegnar Online, 18 July 2014
- Homem altera ritmo da voz em conversas com mulher atraente (in Portuguese) - Terra Brasil, 18 July 2014
- Ist die Frau schön, spricht der Mann tiefer (in German) - 20 Minuten, 3 July 2014
- Zo weet je dat hij je wil (in Dutch) -
Het Nieuwsblad, 20 July 2014
Collaborators and people I have worked with
Anthony C. Little - Psychology, School of Natural Sciences; University of Stirling; Stirling, Scotland, UK.
Caroline Allen- Psychology, School of Natural Sciences; University of Stirling; Stirling, Scotland, UK.
Jakub Binter - Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities; Charles University; Prague, Czech Republic.
Jan Havlícek - Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science; Charles University; Prague, Czech Republic.
Jaroslava Varella Valentová - Centre for Theoretical Study; Charles University; Prague, Czech Republic.
Katerina Klapilová - Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities; Charles University; Prague, Czech Republic.
Kelly D. Cobey - Psychology, School of Natural Sciences; University of Stirling; Stirling, Scotland, UK.
Mary Louise Cowan - Psychology, School of Natural Sciences; University of Stirling; Stirling, Scotland, UK.
S. Craig Roberts - Psychology, School of Natural Sciences; University of Stirling; Stirling, Scotland, UK.
Viktoria R. Mileva - Psychology, School of Natural Sciences; University of Stirling; Stirling, Scotland, UK.
Zuzana Šterbová - First Faculty of Medicine; Charles University; Prague, Czech Republic.