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The importance of keeping a beat
September 18, 2013
A Northwestern University study of 124 high-school students lends proof to the link between music, rhythmic abilities, and reading and language skills. The study--the first to provide biological evidence linking the ability to keep a beat to the neural encoding of speech sounds--has significant implications for reading. Previous research has linked reading ability and beat-keeping. By directly linking auditory responses with beat-keeping ability, the researchers close the triangle.
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