Children Of Shorter Parents Prefer Faster Tempo Music

October 6, 2020

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Experts say that you develop your particular taste in music between the ages of 13 and 16. But it may start even earlier than that! A baby's sense of natural rhythm is shaped by their parent's height, a new study has revealed. In particular, researchers found the tempo of preferred music and songs is shaped by the height of their parent who does the most child-care duties. The study showed shorter parents tend to have babies who prefer a faster beat, while taller parents' children tend to prefer slower tempos. It is believed that parents with shorter legs take quicker strides and this is absorbed by babies while they are carried around. Parents instinctively rock and bounce their children while carrying them and this is believed to affect the baby's sense of rhythm. The study involved 115 babies and reviewed their spontaneous motor tempo (SMT), or the tempo at which they feel most at ease, ranged from around 60 beats per minute to about 180. Most people's SMT hovers around 120 beats a minute, roughly the same as the average walking tempo and the beat of Poker Face by Lady Gaga and Don't Stop Believin' by Journey. The research is thought to be the first to look SMT in infants, with previous studies finding that it tends to decline with age.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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