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.
Source: Newsscientist.com | December 16, 2014 |
Dogs and ducks are duds on the dance floor. So how come cockatoos and sea lions can move to a beat, and what does that tell us about our own musicality?
By Joel N. Shurkin | February 26, 2014 |
Can Animals Keep A Beat?
By Bethany Brookshire | February 16, 2014 |
From a cockatoo bopping to the Backstreet Boys to a sea lion doing the boogie, nothing goes viral like an animal swaying to the music. Now, research shows that not only can bonobos feel the beat, they can play along.
LIFE | 16 February 2014 |
Dogs may bark to music and chimps may bang on drums, but creatures that can truly keep a beat are rare, raising intriguing questions about the evolution of the human brain.
By Dr.Dolittle | February 17, 2014 |
Researchers have observed that bonobos are innately able to match a beat that was created by the research team.