Study finds rats bop their heads to music by Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and Maroon 5

The University of Tokyo published a study that rats enjoy listing to music and will bop their heads along to the beat. Researchers gathers an audience of 10 rats and fitted them with gear to track their head movements. Then the rats listened to a selection of music played at four different speeds, including Born This Way by Lady Gaga, Beat It by Michael Jackson, Sugar by Maroon 5, and Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major. A group of 20 humans also listened to the same music at the same speeds. The researchers found the humans and the rats both had the best head-bopping synchronization in the 120 to 140 BPM range. They also found the rats also increased or decreased bopping to match the music’s speed. Expect a “Top 10 highest-paid DJs who are also rats” listicle from us sometime in the future.

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