bop = 'bob (one's head) rhythmically'

Geoff Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Tue Apr 2 21:17:18 UTC 2013

Also cool for those of us who are interested in the ability in humans--there's a debate in the music cognition literature on whether the ability is learned, and whether you need to have lots of instances stored to be able to tap along with a beat in music. I'd be interested in how they trained this guy.


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> "Sea Lion Bops to the Beat . . . Meet Ronan, the California sea lion
> who
> bops her head in time to *Boogie Wonderland* and other tunes (see
> video
> below). Few species apart from humans have demonstrated a sense of
> rhythm,
> and the most convincing cases were all parrots and their relatives."

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