Baby Drumming Rhythms

Baby Drumming Rhythms

Auditory Development Lab (McMaster University)

Who Can Participate

For babies ages 6 to 18 months

What Happens

In this study, you will complete a short survey and then your baby will do a drumming task. On each trial, your baby will hear a clip of a drumming pattern, along with a video of someone hitting a toy drum. We ask that you give your baby something that they can hit (drum) while the music plays, such as a pot or toy drum, as well as something that can be used as drumsticks. We will examine how your baby responds to different rhythms.
You will complete another short survey after the drumming task.

What We're Studying

The purpose of this study is to better understand what kind of music and rhythms engage infants and make them want to move along. The urge to move to music is a universal human experience, but we don't know how this develops in infancy and childhood, or which aspects of moving to music are learned vs. innate. We know from previous research that adults and children have a preference for rhythms with some—but not too much—complexity. But, we do not know whether infants prefer the same types of complex rhythms or not. This project will help us understand how the relationship between complexity and music engagement differs in infants, children, and adults.


10-15 minutes


You will receive a personalized "Junior Scientist" certificate on behalf of your child's participation through email within 3 days. To receive a certificate, please ensure your child is visible in the consent video and you only complete the study once.

This study is conducted by Dr. Daniel Cameron (contact:

Would you like to participate in this study?