26 June 2008

White Birds, Not White Boys

Some solace for us White Boys who 'aint got no rhythm. Snowball the white Cockatoo may also help researchers unlock brain secrets...

Aniruddh Patel of The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, and his colleagues say that Snowball’s ability to shake his stuff is much more than a cute curiosity. It could shed light on the biological bases of rhythm perception, and might even hold implications for the use of music in treating neurodegenerative disease: (Via: Nature.com)

"Music with a beat can sometimes help people with Parkinson’s disease to initiate and coordinate walking," says Patel. "But we don’t know why. If non-human animals can synchronize to a beat, what we learn from their brains could be relevant for understanding the mechanisms behind the clinical power of rhythmic music in Parkinson’s."
more Here.

Oh My!(The one-legged head-banging about halfway thru is what polished me off!)
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