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Re: any examples of acquired absolute pitch?
Paul T. Brady (1970).
Teach Yourself Absolute Pitch in 365 Hard Lessons, JASA, 48,
At 02:41 AM 4/18/2008, Anthony Knittel wrote:
Hi, i've found some interesting
comments on absolute pitch on this mailing list and was wondering if
anyone has heard of any examples of people who have acquired absolute
pitch somehow during their later lives, ie not in early childhood
There is a clear trend between absolute pitch (AP) and autism, and many
autistic savants with musical talents (which tend to be more in terms of
music reproduction ability than creative composition) that have been
examined also have AP. There are numerous examples of people who have
acquired special abilities such as those exhibited by autistic savants as
a result of injury or other non-developmental processes. I haven't
however heard of any examples of people who have acquired AP later in
life, it would be very useful if anyone knows of any examples.
There are suggestions that AP development is an independent process that
is present in autistic and non-autistic people, and that presence of AP
is pre-requisite for development of special musical abilities for
savants. This model would suggest that cases of later-life AP development
would be unlikely, however if there are any examples of people developing
AP later in life for example through brain injury, similar to how
savant-like special abilities have been shown to be developed
(essentially spontaneously), it would be very useful.
a couple of references:
pitch in autism: a case study, L Mottron, I Peretz, S Belleville, N
Rouleau - Neurocase, 1999
Musical savants: exceptional skill in the mentally retarded, Miller L K,
Lawrence Erlbaum, 1989: 266
Absolute pitch in blind musicians, Roy H. Hamilton, Alvaro Pascual-Leone
and Gottfried Schlaug, NeuroReport Vol 15 No 5, 9 April 2004
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