PARENTS

Study Finds Babies Are Born To Dance

26/04/2011 16:13 | Updated 22 May 2015

Singing to a baby may seem like the most natural thing in the world, but recent research suggests that while you're gently humming a soothing lullaby, the little mite would probably prefer something with a bit of a beat to it, maybe disco or R&B.

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It was found that babies respond to the rhythm and beat of music, even more than speech. Which suggest that the urge to boogie may be an innate human instinct.

During the experiments babies were sat on their parent's laps while they listened to music. The parents wore headphones so they could not hear the music, and they were not allowed to move.

The babies would then start to independently move in time to the music. Researcher Marcel Zentner said, "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."

After analysing the infants' movements with professional ballet dancers, scientists also found that dancing well made the babies smile more.

It's not known why humans would instinctively react this way to music, although Marcel Zentner proposed one theory.

"One possibility is that it was a target of natural selection for music or that it has evolved for some other function that just happens to be relevant for music processing."

Which must be science-speak for babies are born to boogie.

Do your little ones love to dance? Watch these other babies bust some moves.

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