Ethnicity versus early environment: Comment on ‘Early Childhood Music Education and Predisposition to Absolute Pitch: Teasing Apart Genes and Environment’ by Peter K. Gregersen, Elena Kowalsky, Nina Kohn, and Elizabeth West Marvin [2000]

@article{Henthorn2007EthnicityVE,
  title={Ethnicity versus early environment: Comment on ‘Early Childhood Music Education and Predisposition to Absolute Pitch: Teasing Apart Genes and Environment’ by Peter K. Gregersen, Elena Kowalsky, Nina Kohn, and Elizabeth West Marvin [2000]},
  author={Trevor Henthorn and Diana Deutsch},
  journal={American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A},
  year={2007},
  volume={143A}
}
Absolute pitch (AP)—the ability to identify or produce a musical note in the absence of a reference note—is very rare and is the subject of considerable speculation [cf. Ward, 1999]. In a widely quoted study, Gregersen et al. [2000] reported findings indicating a higher prevalence of AP among Asians than Caucasians, and they argued from their findings that ethnicity is a predisposing factor in the acquisition of AP. We here present a reanalysis of the data obtained by Gregersen et al., and… Expand
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