"Rhythm and Dance Study": Study overview

Eligibility criteria

For three to six-year-olds who speak English

Duration 30 minutes

You will receive a personalized "Junior Scientist" certificate on behalf of your child's participation through email within 3 days.

What happens

In this study, you will complete a short survey about your child's experience with music, and then two tasks. In Task 1, your child will listen to cartoon animals playing the drums and pick the animals who are the best drummers for dancing (8-10 minutes).

In Task 2, your child will dance along with drumming (about 5 minutes). For this, you will need to set up a "dance space" for your child to keep them in the camera frame, and for their safety while dancing. For the dance space, you could use a rug or foam mats on the floor, mark a space with masking tape, or set some pillows in a circle. The space should be at least 4' x 4' (approx. 1.2m x 1.2m).

What we're studying

The purpose of this study is to better understand what kind of musical rhythms make children want to dance. The urge to move one's body to music is a universal human experience, but we don't know how this develops in infancy and childhood, or which aspects of moving to music are learned vs. innate. This project will help us understand whether the relationship between dance and rhythmic complexity differs in children and adults.

This study is conducted by Daniel Cameron (contact: camerd7@mcmaster.ca)

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