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I Got Rhythm…or not….wait, yes I do! Beat Deafness, or a Poor Understanding of Music?

14 January 2013 by Steve Thoms

This is a science and music story that I’ve wanted to do for a while, and although it’s over a year out of the news cycle, it’s still reflective of a widespread musical myth that I bet many readers are familiar with: Beat Deafness. Beat deafness is a form of amusia characterized by an inability […]

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In Search of Perfect Pitch

23 July 2011 by Steve Thoms

Neil Degrasse Tyson once remarked that “If you are scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you.”  I would modify this and say that if you’re musically literate, the world sounds very different to you. A recent tweet by Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning raised some questions about an elusive aspect of music: Perfect Pitch.  When […]

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Posted in Science, Social Sciences5 Comments

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Book Review: “This is Your Brain on Music” by Daniel Levitin

15 October 2010 by Steve Thoms

I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the way in which music is somehow different.  This is not something I’m claiming to be a unique trait that only I have, because I think we all, in our own ways, set our love of music apart from everything else in our lives.  We don’t always try […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Culture, Evolution, Reviews, Science5 Comments