Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Got music

Who could ask for anything more? Northwestern's Nina Kraus says; speech;
Moving in time to a steady beat is closely linked to better language skills, a study suggests.
People who performed better on rhythmic tests also showed enhanced neural responses to speech sounds.
The researchers suggest that practising music could improve other skills, particularly speech.
In the Journal of Neuroscience, the authors argue that rhythm is an integral part of language.
...."It turns out that kids who are poor readers have a lot of difficulty doing this motor task and following the beat. In both speech and music, rhythm provides a temporal map with signposts to the most likely locations of meaningful input," Prof Kraus told BBC News. 
Sorry, could you sing that for us, Professor?

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