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Why Do We All Love Rhymes?

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Published on May 17, 2014

Across all cultures, countries, and throughout history, humans are mesmerized by rhymes. Is there a reason why our brains are drawn to it? Trace explains how rhyming evolved over time, and how it varies from culture to culture.

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IDEAS & TRENDS; Rhyme's Reason: Linking Thinking To Train the Brain
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/02/19/wee...
"Henry James described a baby's world as a "blooming, buzzing confusion." But parents know better."

Comparison of rhyming and word generation with FMRI
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10...
"Functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) has been successfully used to non-invasively map language function, but has several disadvantages."

A neurocognitive perspective on rhyme awareness: The N450 rhyme effect
http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/pubman/item...
"Rhyme processing is reflected in the electrophysiological signals of the brain as a negative
deflection for non-rhyming as compared to rhyming stimuli around 450 ms after stimulus
onset."

Need to Remember Something? Make It Rhyme
http://ideas.time.com/2013/09/17/need...
"Medical students have long used rhymes and songs to help them master vast quantities of information, and we've just gotten fresh evidence of how effective this strategy can be."

Rhyme processing in the brain: An ERP mapping study
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/...
"The event-related potential (ERP) N450 component has been described in rhyme detection tasks as a negative response elicited by non-rhyming words in comparison to rhyming ones."

Rhyming tasks male and female brains differently
http://www.yaleherald.com/archive/xix...
"Women are more emotional. Men are more rational. Men are better at math, women at English. Men are insensitive. Women are nurturing. Gender stereotypes like these have persisted for centuries, contributing to the popular notion that men and women view the world in fundamentally different ways."

Fetal Reactions to Recurrent Maternal Speech
http://www.psych.yorku.ca/adler/cours...
"The hypothesis that normal prenatal exposure to maternal speech influences the early development of speech perception is consistent with research showing that pregnant women's speech sounds are present in utero, the late-term fetuses possess relevant perceptual abilities, and that postnatal perception of speech sounds can be influenced by prenatal experience."

Feel The Rhythm, Feel The Rhyme: New Insights Into Musical Beat Perception
http://neuroblog.stanford.edu/?p=528
"Music and rhythm are fundamental and essential components of human civilization."

Men Use Fancy Words to Impress the Ladies
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/h...
"The two sexes are involved in a perennial effort to impress one another in the mating arena."

Rhyme
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyme
"A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more words, most often at the end of lines in poems and songs."

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