Absolute Pitch

Musicians with absolute (perfect) pitch have a ‘pruned’ planum temporale in their right cerebral hemisphere

Title of paper under discussion Absolute Pitch and Planum Temporale Authors Julian Paul Keenan, Ven Thangaraj, Andrea R. Halpern and Gottfried Schlaug Journal NeuroImage, 14(6):1402-8, January 2002 Link to original paper (open access) Overview The planum temporale (PT), a triangular area just behind the primary auditory cortex on each of the two temporal lobes , …

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Musical pitches genuinely evoke colour sensations in some people

Title of paper under discussion Automaticity of pitch class-color synesthesia as revealed by a Stroop-like effect Authors Kosuke Itoh, Honami Sakata, Hironaka Igarashi, Tsutomu Nakada Journal Consciousness and Cognition, Volume 71, May 2019, Pages 86-91 Link to original paper (open access) Overview Synaesthesia is a merging of senses that aren’t normally connected, whereby the stimulation …

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