Journal article

The genetic basis of music ability

Yi Ting Tan, Gary E McPherson, Isabelle Peretz, Samuel F Berkovic, Sarah J Wilson

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2014

Abstract

Music is an integral part of the cultural heritage of all known human societies, with the capacity for music perception and production present in most people. Researchers generally agree that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the broader realization of music ability, with the degree of music aptitude varying, not only from individual to individual, but across various components of music ability within the same individual. While environmental factors influencing music development and expertise have been well investigated in the psychological and music literature, the interrogation of possible genetic influences has not progressed at the same rate. Recent advances in genetic..

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