Tapping to the beat?#
To get this blog started let’s add another animal to the ever growing collection of beasts that can keep the beat. The jury is still out on a definite answer for the beat detection abilities of this zebra fish but the scans seem promising except if these are flaring pain receptors:
The most famous example of an animals that seem to be able to detect and keep the beat are Snowball the parrot and Ronan the sea lion who share a similar taste in music:
Meter and Pulse perception#
Studies1 on the rhythmic cognition in humans and animals explore the ability to extract regular information from a continuous stream of information (pulse perception) and to order them hierarchically (meter perception).