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Monday, June 30, 2014

Daddy played bass: Kids tapped feet

(Jens Anton Schmidt)
If you were lucky enough to have a father who played bass, you may well remember its infectious qualities.

Charles Q. Choi of Live Science reports on the reason why “bass notes lay down beats in music worldwide.”  These lower tones dominate rhythmically because of some “innate aspects of human biology.”

Although scientists don’t currently know exactly why this is so, they suspect that “this effect might originate in the cochlea…”  Parts of the brain are also integrally involved with the processing of rhythm.

This "bass effect" is thought to develop quite early in a child’s life.  However, there may also be factors that are “more dependent on learning and experience.” 


Copyright June 30, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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