The Clanking of Pots & Pans (02/17)

Amusia: The inability to recognize musical tones or to reproduce them. Amusia can be congenital (present at birth) or be acquired sometime later in life (as from brain damage).

It isn’t a problem of the ears – they can understand other sounds perfectly well – but when it comes to music, all tunes sound the same. While most of us are sensitive to small changes in pitch, amusic people need two notes to be very far apart before they hear them as different. It’s no surprise, then, that music, which tends to move in small steps, is literally “lost” on them.

Test yourself.

Read more.

Or just listen to the expert, Dr. Oliver Sacks…





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One response to “The Clanking of Pots & Pans (02/17)

  1. aidencaulfield

    There was a story I read once about a woman who could only recognize and differentiate Sean Connery’s voice from all others. Weird.

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