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Hand-Clapping Songs Proven to Strengthen Cognitive Skills

May 6, 2010

Photo via matthewjhale

If you’re cerebrally stimulated and you know it, clap your hands!

Earlier this week Live Science reported that the findings of a recent study suggest that songs involving hand-clapping improve a child’s cognitive skill set. According to LearningRX, these skills are essential because they help us analyze sounds and images, recall information from memory, make connections between different pieces of information, and maintain concentration on particular tasks.

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negeve placed children between the ages of 7 and 10 in 2 separate groups for a period of 10 weeks. One  group was exposed to hand-clapping songs like “Miss Mary Mack,” while the other wasn’t. They found that the students who had been exposed to hand-clapping songs possessed stronger cognitive and motor skills than those in the other group. They were also less likely to develop dyslexia, had fewer spelling errors and demonstrated better hand writing.

Dr. Idit Sulkin, who conducted the study, claims that between the ages of 7 and 10, there is a narrow window of opportunity for children to develop these and other basic skills they need including emotional, sociological and physiological maturity. Hand-clapping songs help unlock and strengthen these skills.

Sulkin also conducted similar research on adults and found that those who regularly practiced hand-clapping songs reported feeling more alert and in a better mood.

Now that’s something worth cheering about.

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