OK, so it's not an earth-shattering breakthrough, but it's fun - the animals are more aware of things than we ever imagined!
The real Rat Pack! Rats can bop their heads in time to the beat of music - including tracks by Lady Gaga, Queen, Michael Jackson and Maroon 5, study reveals
Researchers recorded rats' head movements while music was playing
They were found to bop in time to the beat, showing it's not just a human ability
The rodents were best at keeping in time when it was between 120 and 140 bpm
A computer model also found that our brains are best tuned to this range
By FIONA JACKSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 14:16 EST, 11 November 2022 | UPDATED: 14:24 EST, 11 November 2022
Most of us love to have a bit of a boogie, and some - but not all - can also keep to the beat!
It turns out we're not alone in that, as a new study has found that rats can nod their heads in time to music.
Researchers from the University of Tokyo played the rodents clips of Lady Gaga, Queen and Michael Jackson as well as a Mozart Sonata at four different tempos.
Any bopping was recorded both on camera and with a miniature sensor strapped to their heads.
'Rats displayed innate - that is, without any training or prior exposure to music - beat synchronization most distinctly within 120-140 beats per minute (bpm),' said Associate Professor Hirokazu Takahashi.
Humans were also found to exhibit the clearest beat synchronisation - our ability to naturally recognise and respond to the beat of the music - in this range.