By Samantha Mathewson | Nov 25, 2015 |
When you hear the beat of a drum, do you start to tap your foot to the rhythm? Humans have a remarkable ability to synchronize to acoustic signals, which scientists believe underlies social coordination and may even be a precursor for speech. Since chimpanzees and bonobos are genetically similar to humans, researchers from the American Psychological Association were interested to see how the animals would respond to rhythmic stimuli.
Source: American Psychological Association | November 24, 2015 |
Spontaneous and synchronized drumming tempo has been assessed in a female bonobo who self-selected to participate by regularly approaching a human drummer in a designated research area within a bonobo zoo enclosure.