Absolute frequency / Absolute color (Christian Kaernbach )

Subject: Absolute frequency / Absolute color
From:    Christian Kaernbach  <chris(at)PSYCHOLOGIE.UNI-LEIPZIG.DE>
Date:    Sun, 6 May 2001 07:28:13 +0200

Martin Braun wrote: > ...this is not possible. There are millions of colors. Most of us, > however, would have an absolute memory of 12 colors. Color circles > of 12 colors are quite common and can be learned in a few minutes. > The 12 tones of our octave can not be learned in years (with > extremely rare exceptions), once you are older than 5-7 years An absolute memory of 12 colors corresponds to an absolute memory of pitch for 12 categories spanning the entire range of audible frequencies from 20-16.000 Hz (at my age). I suppose this can be learned in a few minutes. A hemitonic absolute pitch memory covering a musical relevant range of frequencies would correspond to an absolute memory of roughly 90 color shades (only hue, same saturation and brightness). - Christian

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