Rhythmic synchronization tapping to an audio–visual metronome in budgerigars

  title={Rhythmic synchronization tapping to an audio–visual metronome in budgerigars},
  author={Ai Hasegawa and Kazuo Okanoya and Toshikazu Hasegawa and Yoshimasa Seki},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
In all ages and countries, music and dance have constituted a central part in human culture and communication. Recently, vocal-learning animals such as parrots and elephants have been found to share rhythmic ability with humans. Thus, we investigated the rhythmic synchronization of budgerigars, a vocal-mimicking parrot species, under controlled conditions and a systematically designed experimental paradigm as a first step in understanding the evolution of musical entrainment. We trained eight… CONTINUE READING
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