A CRITICAL RESPONSE FOR AN ARTICLE ON MUSIC COGNITION

ACRITICAL RESPONSE FOR AN ARTICLE ON MUSIC COGNITION

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Inthe article Absolutepitch: a model for understanding the influence of genes anddevelopment on neural and cognitive function, RobertZatorre stipulates that the absolute pitch is better learned at anearly age and that those that try to learn it at an older age find itdifficult and do not produce the required results. Even withpersistent training, the absolute pitch produced by the individualswho learned it at a tender age is much better than that acquired at alater stage in life. The mechanism of how this is possible is howevernot stated in the paper which raises questions about thejustifications for the statement. Furthermore, how considerable isRobert’s statement in the fact that different individuals havedifferent abilities in the production of pitch irrespective of theage of training or level of experience? For this, Robert does notconsider the biological ability that individuals hold in theproduction of sound.

Differentbody structures work together with the neural component in theproduction of the pitch, but Robert fails to account for this in thearticle where he only focuses on the neural ability. There is,however, some truth in his discussions where he provides that theacquisition of Absolute Pitch is better at an early age11rather than later in life just like most other practices such as finearts, dancing, among others. Even with the differences in theproduction of different qualities of pitches, there exist otherfactors that affect the production of absolute pitch. What ways didRobert employ in the establishment of the differences in quality ofabsolute pitch produced by an individual who learns earlier in lifeand those who learn later in life?

References

Zatorre,Robert J. &quotAbsolute Pitch: A Model for Understanding theInfluence of Genes and Development on Neural and Cognitive Function.&quotNatureNeuroscience Nat Neurosci.6, no. 7 (2003): 692-95. Accessed March 2, 2016.

1 Zatorre, Robert J. &quotAbsolute Pitch: A Model for Understanding the Influence of Genes and Development on Neural and Cognitive Function.&quot Nature Neuroscience Nat Neurosci 6, no. 7 (2003): 692-95. Accessed March 2, 2016.

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