New study finds infants sync with moms during lullabies

Elvis once said, “Rhythm is something you either have or don't have." But where does it come from? 

A new study suggests that Elvis and everyone with rhythm may have gotten it from their moms. 

The experience of singing to a baby is universal, across languages, cultures and time -- especially well-loved lullabies. Canadian researchers took a look at the relationship between mothers and babies during lullabies. 

“We know lullabies work with babies,” Laura Cirelli, the primary author, said. But she wanted to know, “how our parents shape that experience.” 

In this cross sectional study, 30 mothers were asked to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to their children in two moods: “playful” and “soothing.”

For the study, moms sang to their babies up to 10 times. Baby brain arousal was measured via devices placed on the skin that are similar to a polygraph and measure sweat gland activity. 

Cirelli explained that sweat is an indicator of mood because “when we are excited, levels increase” and...(READ MORE)

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