Neuroscience reveals how rhythm helps us walk, talk — and even love

Rhythm goes far deeper than just music — it underpins the way we speak, the way we move, the way we think. ‘Rhythm is life,’ says Lois Butcher Poffley, a sports psychologist with a speciality in rhythm training. (Shuttershock)

From heartbeats heard in the womb to rhythmic patterns of thought: ‘rhythm is life’

Rhythm begins in the womb and the heartbeat.

And recent findings in neuroscience reveal that for the rest of our lives, rhythm will continue to have a fundamental impact on our ability to walk, talk — and even love.

Take a scenario almost all of us have experienced before. You’re at a wedding. Everyone’s talking, drinking, milling around. Then the DJ plays that one song — and suddenly, everyone rushes to the dance floor, as if obeying a collective siren call. Some tunes just make us want to move, even if we’ve never heard them before — but why? Full story.

Mitchell Stuart and Greg Kelly (CBC Radio) / May 18, 2020

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