Got this email on an Aussie list I'm on and thought I'd put it here. happy new year all! :)
As it seems most blind musicians have perfect pitch, I thought some of you
might be interested in doing this survey and taking the absolute pitch test.
since they have not realised yet that blind musicians are much more likely
to have perfect pitch than sighted musos, please include this fact in your
answers. I suspect their theory that it is genetic could be contradicted by
the high percentage of blind musicians with perfect pitch.
I've copied some info below, but for further details and the survey and
test, go to: http://perfectpitch.ucsf.edu/ppstudy.html
Please feel free to circulate this within your networks.
University of California Absolute Pitch Study
What is absolute pitch?
Absolute pitch, commonly referred to as perfect pitch, is an intriguing
cognitive trait involved in music perception and is defined as the ability
the pitch of a musical tone without an external reference pitch. To be
considered an absolute pitch possessor, an individual must have the ability
pitches accurately and instantaneously.
The primary goal of this study is to discover the genes that are involved in
the development of absolute pitch. This investigation will allow us to
understand the interplay of genetics and musical training in the development
of this cognitive trait. These findings may also be applicable to other
such as language ability, and, more broadly, to neurodevelopment.
The goals of this website are to inform the public about the University of
California Genetics of Absolute Pitch Study and to recruit individuals to
part in this study. This study is being conducted by the laboratories of Dr.
Jane Gitschier at the University of California, San Francisco and Dr. Nelson
Freimer at the University of California, Los Angeles. The study has been
approved by the UCSF Committee on Human Research. All information collected
individual participants will be kept confidential.
How to participate in the UC Genetics of Absolute Pitch Study
It is easy to participate in our study by filling in a brief survey and
taking our pitch-naming test
Since we are attempting to unravel many factors that could contribute to the
development of absolute pitch, both absolute pitch possessors and
are needed for the study. Everyone's contribution is valuable.
If you indicate in the survey that you are willing to participate in the
study, we will need an e-mail address to contact you for follow-up. Some
may be recontacted for further information about their family history of
absolute pitch. We may follow up on the answers to other survey questions as
Some participants might also be invited to participate further by
contributing a DNA sample for our genetic study. This level of participation
is, of course,
After filling in the survey, you will be linked to a page informing you how
to take the pitch-naming test for absolute pitch. We use this auditory test
to objectively assess the pitch naming abilities of our study participants.
Our auditory tone test consists of two parts, one test of 40 "pure" tones
one test of 40 piano tones. Since some computer speakers have trouble
reproducing a few of the tones, we recommend the use of headphones during
if you have any.
In each trial, a tone plays for 1 second, followed by a silent interval of 2
seconds. Participants record their guesses within the brief intervals by
on a screen keyboard. Tones are given in blocks of ten, allowing
participants to rest between blocks if needed. When you are finished, you
will be informed
of your score and if it exceeds a certain threshold, you meet our study's
criteria for being an absolute pitch possessor.
Filling in the survey and taking the pitch-naming test should take less than