More on resonant teeth and absolute pitch (Peter Marvit )

Subject: More on resonant teeth and absolute pitch
From:    Peter Marvit  <marvit(at)CATTELL.PSYCH.UPENN.EDU>
Date:    Thu, 29 Oct 1998 15:29:25 -0500

[[ I'm sorry, but I can resist no longer. I'll bite ]] Given the recent "discussion", I might suggest that people with perfect pitch may be doing some type of cross-modal sensation with vision. After all, what else are eye teeth used for? Of course, there *is* evidence that the dentate nucleus is involved in the auditory system*, so may subserve certain special talents. Similary, the crown of (ectosylvian) auditory cortex is tonotopic, though there seems to be no other reported correlation of dental restoration and AP. Do canines exhibit AP? Possibly not, unless the stimuli were played through woofers. BTW, though over the years I have heard folk stories of people who can receive radio and other "transmissions" through their fillings, a recent bibliographic search yielded no published reports. Cheers, Peter "silly, but diverted" Marvit *Wang XF. Woody CD. Chizhevsky V. Gruen E. Landeira-Fernandez J. The dentate nucleus is a short-latency relay of a primary auditory transmission pathway. Neuroreport. 2(7):361-4, 1991 Jul : Peter Marvit <marvit(at)>, Psychology Dept, Univ. of Penn : : 3815 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 w:215/573-3991 fax:215/898-7301 : McGill is running a new version of LISTSERV (1.8d on Windows NT). Information is available on the WEB at

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