Study suggests rats like to dance to 140 BPM

Study suggests rats like to dance to 140 BPM

Dcientists have found that rodents move more enthusiastically to music between 120 and 140 bpm.

We all know the man likes to club. Today, we learn that our friends the rats love it too. Indeed, a study published in the journal Science Advances and conducted by the University of Tokyo recently revealed that rats could perceive the rhythm of music and nod their heads accordingly. The details are more advanced because it seems that the movements of the rats are synchronized especially when the music played oscillates between 120 and 140 BPM. In order to reach this conclusion, the researchers placed devices equipped with accelerometers – technology that detects movement in your phone – on the heads of the rats. Then they played them a succession of pieces – Mozart, Lady Gaga, the Maroon 5, Michael Jackson, Queen and others – diverse in terms of genres and tempos.

Hirokazu Takahashi, Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Information, said, ” Rats showed innate synchronization (i.e., without training or prior exposure to music) of rhythms, most distinctly in the 120-140BPM range, at which humans also exhibit the most common synchronization. Music has a strong pull on the brain and has profound effects on emotions and cognition. To use music effectively, we need to reveal the neural mechanism underlying this empirical fact. Melody and harmony are related to the dynamics of the brain. »

We reread our study according to which it would be the low frequencies that would make us dance.

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