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Title: Spontaneous synchronized tapping to an auditory rhythm in a chimpanzee
Authors: Hattori, Yuko  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Tomonaga, Masaki  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Matsuzawa, Tetsuro  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Author's alias: 服部, 裕子
Keywords: Biological anthropology
Cognitive control
Animal behaviour
Issue Date: 28-Mar-2013
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Journal title: Scientific Reports
Volume: 3
Thesis number: 1566
Abstract: Humans actively use behavioral synchrony such as dancing and singing when they intend to make affiliative relationships. Such advanced synchronous movement occurs even unconsciously when we hear rhythmically complex music. A foundation for this tendency may be an evolutionary adaptation for group living but evolutionary origins of human synchronous activity is unclear. Here we show the first evidence that a member of our closest living relatives, a chimpanzee, spontaneously synchronizes her movement with an auditory rhythm: After a training to tap illuminated keys on an electric keyboard, one chimpanzee spontaneously aligned her tapping with the sound when she heard an isochronous distractor sound. This result indicates that sensitivity to, and tendency toward synchronous movement with an auditory rhythm exist in chimpanzees, although humans may have expanded it to unique forms of auditory and visual communication during the course of human evolution.
Description: チンパンジーも音のリズムに対して自発的に同調することが明らかに : ダンスなどの音楽のリズムにあわせて体を動かす能力の起源.京都大学プレスリリース. 2013-03-28.
Rights: © 2013 Nature Publishing Group
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1038/srep01566
PubMed ID: 23535698
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