Study Conducted At University Of Tokyo Shows Rats Can Dance And Are Most In Sync At 120-140 BPM

rats can dance 120-140 bpm

Apparently, ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga even has rats grooving!

Researchers at University of Tokyo conducted a study on rats and found that they can ‘dance’ and are most in sync within the BPM range of 120-140 BPM.

For the study, they fitted the 10 rats with wireless accelerometers to measure their head movements and played out a range of classical and pop music, including Mozart’s ‘Sonata for Two Pianos’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ by Queen and ‘Born this Way’ by Lady Gaga.

In addition to the rat, 20 human participants also volunteered to be a part of this study. Lead by University of Tokyo’s Dr. Hirokazu Takahashi, they found that similar to the humans, the rats “displayed innate—that is, without any training or prior exposure to music—beat synchronization,” jerking their heads to the beat as the music played.

As the study showed, “Beat perception and synchronization within 120 to 140 beats/min (BPM) are common in humans and frequently used in music composition.” However, since beat synchronization is not common in some species, the study wanted to understand this behavior in rats after raising two hypotheses underlying beat synchronization in humans.

Researchers suggest that the results can help to enhance our understanding of “the animal mind and the origins of music and dance” as well as the neural mechanisms that cause music to have such “profound effects on emotion and cognition.”

You can read more of the details and check out the full study here.

H/T – DJ Mag

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