Absolute Pitch in a Four-Year-Old Boy With Autism

James N. Brenton, Seth P. Devries, Christine Barton, Heike Minnich, Deborah Sokol

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Abstract

Absolute pitch is the ability to identify the pitch of an isolated tone. We report on a 4-year-old boy with autism and absolute pitch, one of the youngest reported in the literature. Absolute pitch is thought to be attributable to a single gene, transmitted in an autosomal-dominant fashion. The association of absolute pitch with autism raises the speculation that this talent could be linked to a genetically distinct subset of children with autism. Further, the identification of absolute pitch in even young children with autism may lead to a lifelong skill.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-138
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Neurology
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2008

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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Absolute Pitch in a Four-Year-Old Boy With Autism. / Brenton, James N.; Devries, Seth P.; Barton, Christine; Minnich, Heike; Sokol, Deborah.

In: Pediatric Neurology, Vol. 39, No. 2, 08.2008, p. 137-138.

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Brenton, JN, Devries, SP, Barton, C, Minnich, H & Sokol, D 2008, 'Absolute Pitch in a Four-Year-Old Boy With Autism', Pediatric Neurology, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 137-138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2008.05.004
Brenton, James N. ; Devries, Seth P. ; Barton, Christine ; Minnich, Heike ; Sokol, Deborah. / Absolute Pitch in a Four-Year-Old Boy With Autism. In: Pediatric Neurology. 2008 ; Vol. 39, No. 2. pp. 137-138.
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