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There’s a chance a nearby rat may join you, a new study suggests.
Rats can recognize and move to the rhythm of a beat, according to a new study from the University of Tokyo published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances. Previously, it was thought that only humans possess the wealth, according to the university press release.
Researchers played Mozart, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” and Maroon 5’s “Sugar” to rats and measured their head movements before comparing their results with the people who participated. in the study. They played the music at four different tempos and found that rats synchronized their head movements best with music in the 120 to 140 beats per minute range, just like humans do, according to the study.
Animals can be trained to move to a rhythm, but the rats in this study showed an “innate” ability to groove, according to the press release.
Animals are known to respond reactively to music, but that’s not the same as recognizing, responding to or predicting a beat, the university said in its statement. Researchers call the ability to naturally recognize a beat in a song “beat synchronicity.”
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The rats in the study bowed their heads in a more reactive manner than their human counterparts, but their movements also showed signs of being predictive at some points.
The researchers ultimately concluded that the rats’ beat synchronization “couldn’t be characterized as purely reactive, nor could it be explained by startle alone.”
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“To our knowledge, this is the first report on innate beat synchronization in animals that was not achieved through training or musical exposure,” Hirokazu Takahashi, one of the study’s co-authors and an associate professor of information and science at the University of Tokyo. technology graduate school, said in a press release.