Joint drumming: social context facilitates synchronization in preschool children.

@article{Kirschner2009JointDS,
  title={Joint drumming: social context facilitates synchronization in preschool children.},
  author={Sebastian Kirschner and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={102 3},
  pages={299-314}
}
The human capacity to synchronize body movements to an external acoustic beat enables uniquely human behaviors such as music making and dancing. By hypothesis, these first evolved in human cultures as fundamentally social activities. We therefore hypothesized that children would spontaneously synchronize their body movements to an external beat at earlier ages and with higher accuracy if the stimulus was presented in a social context. A total of 36 children in three age groups (2.5, 3.5, and 4… CONTINUE READING
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