Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Born to Dance

You know how sometimes people would say, "She was born to sing." Or "He was born to write." Or "She was born to skate." And you appreciate the flattery, but deep inside you wonder if it's even possible for someone to be "born" to do something? Well, it looks like this might actually be true for babies!

In a recent article in Yahoo!, studies have shown that dancing comes naturally to infants. A research showed that babies respond to the rhythm and tempo of music and find it more engaging than speech. Amazing, right?

Here's an excerpt of the article:


"The findings, based on a study of 120 infants between 5 months and 2 years old, suggest that humans may be born with a predisposition to move rhythmically in response to music.

"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," said researcher Marcel Zentner, a psychologist at the University of York in England. "We also found that the better the children were able to synchronize their movements with the music, the more they smiled."

To test babies' dancing disposition, the researchers played recordings of classical music, rhythmic beats and speech to infants, and videotaped the results. They also recruited professional ballet dancers to analyze how well the babies matched their movements to the music.

During the experiments, the babies were sitting on a parent's lap, though the adults had headphones to make sure they couldn't hear the music and were instructed not to move.

The researchers found the babies moved their arms, hands, legs, feet, torsos and heads in response to the music, much more than to speech."

To read the rest of this interesting article, you can click here!

PONDER, PONDER, PONDER... What do you think? Is your child into dancing?

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