Research published yesterday in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests babies are born to boogie.
Researchers exposed 120 infants to a variety of music and recorded their reactions on video, using 3D motion capture technology. The parents holding their infants were given headphones to wear so they wouldn’t influence the babies’ behaviors by, say, tapping toes or bopping to the beat.
The results showed that infants react with rhythmic movement to music more than they do to speech, and that infants do indeed have rhythm (as the tempo was accelerated, the babies’ movements quickened). Finally, the researchers found that the better the rhythm, the happier the jammin’ baby; the better the babies were able to synch their movements with the music, the more they smiled.
Wrote the researchers:
The findings are suggestive of a predisposition for rhythmic movement in response to music and other metrically regular sounds.
Something this baby’s been trying to tell us for more than a year now:
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