Rhythm and movement for self-regulation in disadvantaged preschool communities

Effectiveness of a rhythm and movement intervention for preschool self-regulation development in disadvantaged communities: A clustered randomised controlled trial

For decades we have known how to identify children at risk of poorer educational and life outcomes as early as 4 years of age, but we have made no headway in changing these trajectories. This is because we have failed to address the brain architecture responsible for self-regulation, arguably the most important foundation skill for school success, academic achievement, and lifelong wellbeing.

This study will address this by investigating the effectiveness of a specifically designed intervention based on the neuroscience of beat synchronisation, rhythmic entrainment, and self-regulation, and the known cognitive benefits of music therapy and music education approaches. The intervention is known as RAMSR (Rhythm & Movement for Self-Regulation). The study is funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research (DECRA) scheme.

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