September 18, 2013 | Corrinne

Have you got rhythm? If so, you've probably also got good language skills.

Scientists have found that people with a sense of rhythm show stronger brain responses to the sound of recorded speech. And those who struggle with reading find it harder to tap along to a musical beat.

The researchers say that rhythm and language are closely linked, and that practising music could improve language skills. I wonder if environment plays a role, though. Maybe families who encourage children to play a musical instrument are more likely to promote reading too?

Want to find out how good you are at tapping along to a beat? Take part in our latest Live Science experiment. It runs every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 in the Who am I? gallery until 4 October.

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Children playing a glockenspiel

Rhythm is important in both music and speech.

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