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Is Perfect Pitch Genetic? University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Study



10/24/2012 7:18:48 AM

Having perfect pitch may have as much to do with your genes as with early and extensive musical training, according to a new study. People with perfect pitch can sing a specific note without first hearing a reference tone. The skill has long been associated with beginning to learn music at a young age and continuing for many years. The study included 27 English-speaking adults, including seven with perfect pitch, who began extensive musical training at or before the age of 6. The participants' memory skills were assessed using a test that measures how many numbers a person can remember and immediately recall in the correct order.

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