Researchers found rats can dance to Mozart, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga’s music
A new study has found rats are capable of dancing, as if their sight were not repulsive enough. Imagine being confronted with a gang of rats dancing on a busy New York City street. In spite of the fact that the visualization may be overstated, researchers found that these creatures were able to move their heads in sync with beats when researchers played music for them, despite the visualization being slightly overdramatized. It was examined that ten rats and twenty humans, each fitted with a wireless accelerometer, performed such movements without “any training or prior exposure to music-beat synchronization.” Researchers compared the head movements of ten rats and twenty humans with those of six rats. The rats were exposed to five different pieces of music over a three-day period, focusing mainly on Mozart’s “Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major (K. 448).” Researchers played minute-long excerpts at different speeds, and the rats showed the most precise beat synchronization between 120 bpm and 140 bpm. Scientists also played Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” in addition to classical music.
According to the study’s co-author Hirokazu Takahashi, this was previously believed to be an exclusive human function. The experiment was developed by experts who wanted to explore the emotional and cognitive responses associated with tunes. Takahashi says that he wants to learn how music can help people achieve their goals. In other words, dancing rats unlock the healing properties of our favorite songs.