Can a Sea Lion Find The Salsa Beat?
Do all animals have rhythm? Researchers at University of California Santa Cruz were able to teach a Sea Lion, named Ronan, how to find the beat in popular songs - debunking the myth that only humans enjoy complex musical rhythms.
The ability to keep the beat of the music, or "motor entrainment to complex rhythmic auditory stimuli", is what these researchers were able to teach the Sea Lion to perform when hearing different popular songs. Ronan, is now considered to be the first non-human mammal that can actively keep the beat without previous knowledge of the song. Of course, seeing is believing. I am actually looking forward to reading their paper to determine if there is anything we can take from it, to help teach students how to find the salsa beat.