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Absolute Pitch: Genetics & Perception

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Absolute pitch is the uncanny ability to identify the pitch of a tone without a reference tone. This talk describes our effort to unlock the genetic basis for this rare and complex trait. A web-based pitch-testing and recruitment strategy has allowed us to identify over 1000 subjects with absolute pitch and to enroll a subset of these for relative pair analysis. The wealth of perceptual data from these subjects has also enabled us to uncover two surprising distortions in pitch perception.

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