Rhythmic ability linked to language skills
If you can’t follow a beat to save your life, that may help explain why you have trouble comprehending what you read. A study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests rhythm is integrally connected to language and speech. It found that those who can keep time to the music are more likely to be better readers and have strong language skills.
More than 100 teenagers were tested by being asked to tap their fingers along to the beat of a metronome. Then, the researchers measured the participants’ brainwaves with electrodes to observe the brains’ electrical activity in response to the sound.
The result? Participants with better musical training had enhanced neural responses to speech sound. The responses were weaker in people with poor reading skills and who didn’t have musical training. Interestingly, the recorded brainwaves matched the sound waves almost perfectly. It’s believed musical training exercises the auditory system part of the brain, which is the same area and skills used in reading.
Music has long been noted for its multitude of learning and behavioral benefits. This study adds to its reputed benefits.