Bonobos feel the beat

Bonobos feel the beat

Studying these animals may tell us whether musical rhythm is widespread

By Bethany Brookshire, 15:01 PM February 16, 2014

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CHIGAGO – 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.

Music “engages the brain in a way that no other stimulus can,” says cognitive psychologist Edward Large of the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He and Patricia Gray, a biomusic researcher at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, wanted to see ...

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