Babies Use Rhythms to Adapt to Their Culture, Study Finds

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 21, 2005   View Article

By the time babies celebrate their first birthday, their ears are already tuned to the rhythms and sounds of their culture, researchers say.

The finding suggests that one-year-olds in North America, for example, notice subtle changes in waltz-like rhythms but not in the complex dance rhythms unique to other continents.

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