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Am J Med Genet. 1988 Apr;29(4):763-71.

Perfect pitch.

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  • 1Psychiatry Service, VA Medical Center, Sepulveda, California 91343.


Thirty-five subjects with perfect pitch, representing 19 families, were studied with a Perfect Pitch Questionnaire, which provided information on note-recognition capacity and musical exposure and training, as well as demographic characteristics. Perfect pitch was found to predominate in females and was detected at a very early age. The significant family incidence of the trait suggests the operation of genetic mechanisms concerning which speculations are presented.

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