University of York - Baby, you've got rhythm

March 25, 2010

New research shows that babies are "born to dance". Researchers at the University of York have discovered that infants respond to the rhythm and tempo of music and find it more engaging than speech. The findings, based on the study of infants aged between five months and two years, suggest that babies may be born with a predisposition to move rhythmically to music. Marcel Zentner, a researcher at York's department of psychology, said: "Our research suggests that it is the beat rather than other features of the music, such as the melody, that produces the response in infants."

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