Could a a pill one day improve your musical abilities?
Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard, is studying a drug that restore your brain’s early-life learning abilities. In an interview with NPR, Hensch discusses how how a pill might be to give adults perfect pitch:
Hensch is studying a drug which might allow adults to learn perfect pitch by re-creating this critical period in brain development. Hensch says the drug, valprioc acid, allows the brain to absorb new information as easily as it did before age 7.
“It’s a mood-stabilizing drug, but we found that it also restores the plasticity of the brain to a juvenile state,”notes Hensch.
Hensch gave the drug to a group of healthy, young men who had no musical training as children. They were asked to perform tasks online to train their ears, and at the end of a two-week period, tested on their ability to discriminate tone, to see if the training had more effect than it normally would at their age.
In other words, he gave people a pill and then taught them to have perfect pitch. The findings are significant: “It’s quite remarkable since there are no known reports of adults acquiring absolute pitch,” he says.
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