The Rhythm is Going to Get’Cha (o eh, o eh, o eh, oo aah)
Recent research out of McGill University has demonstrated that motor regions of the brain actually sharpen sound perception and this effect is increased when we move in rhythm with the sound.
The investigators examined participants as they listened to a complex tone sequence when the participant was still or tapped in rhythm with the target, all while magnetoencephalography (MEG) was recorded.
They found that the sensorimotor cortex was activated in anticipation of the next tone of interest, revealing a predictive role of the motor system for sound interpretation.
Science Daily. (2017) Predicting when a sound will occur relies on the brain's motor system.