Infants relax in response to unfamiliar foreign lullabies
When we played songs from around the world to infants, we found that infants relax more in response to lullabies compared to other song types in the Natural History of Song (NHS) Discography - dance, healing, and love songs. Below you can explore the songs we used in this study; to learn more about our results, check out our paper in Nature Human Behavior. You can check out these and other songs from the Natural History of Song in the NHS Discography Explorer and in our World Music Quiz!
Green rows indicate songs with a perceived sex of female - Orange indicate a perceived sex of male.
|Saami||Scandinavia||Luk Saami||Love||Nenets||North Asia||Tundra Nenets|
|Nahua||Maya Area||Western Nahualt||Love||Serbs||Southeastern Europe||Serbian Standard|
|Igulik Inuit||Arctic and Subarctic||Western Canadia Inuktitut||Dance||Chachi||Northwestern South America||Cha’palaa|
|Kuna||Central America||Border Kuna||Love||Highland Scots||British Isles||Scottish Gaelic|
|Iroquois||Eastern Woodlands||Cherokee||Love||Kurds||Middle East||Central Kurdish|
|Hopi||Southwest and Basin||Hopi||Healing||Hawaiians||Polynesia||Hawaiian|
|Ona||Southern South America||Selk’nam||Love||Chuuk||Micronesia||Chuukese|
|Highland Scots||British Isles||Scottish Gaelic||Healing||Seri||Northern Mexico||Seri|