A new study suggests moving to a steady beat is closely linked to enhanced language skills.
Subjects who performed better on rhythmic tests also showed enhanced neural responses to speech sounds, with researchers suggesting that music practice could boost speech skills.
Nina Kraus, of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University in Illinois, says, "We know that moving to a steady beat is a fundamental skill not only for music performance but one that has been linked to language skills."
The team tested more than 100 teenagers by asking them to tap their fingers along to a beat and measured their accuracy by how closely their responses matched the timing of a metronome. The team also monitored the brainwaves of their participants with electrodes.
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