I believe all humans are born with a sense of rhythm even though many manage to lose it along the way. Some animals also respond to the beat in music, most notably cockatoos. In this fascinating video, scientists teach a sea lion how to find the beat. Cockatoos do it naturally, (really!) as in this delightful example. This is not a trained bird. Cockatoos are natural dancers and this one is just grooving to the music.
but this sea lion experiment has interesting ramifications about teaching the skill of rhythm. People with White Man’s Clapping Syndrome, take note!
post by LaurieAnn Lepoff
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