tone deafness

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Synonyms for tone deafness

an inability to distinguish differences in pitch


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To Hyde and Peretz, the results suggest that the brain's capacity to perceive modest pitch changes may be impaired from birth in persons with amusia.
Congenital amusia is commonly known as tone deafness but affects music memory and recognition and the ability to tap in time to music as well as pitch issues.
Amusia often--but curiously, not always--results in inept singing.
This work, published in May in the journal Brain, adds invaluable information to our understanding of amusia and, more generally, of the "musical brain," in other words the cerebral networks involved in the processing of music.
And critics agree that Musicophilia is a fine addition to Sacks's oeuvre, even though it differs somewhat from his previous works: instead of focusing exclusively on other people's disorders, Sacks, an amateur pianist, indulges in some self-examination (one reviewer sees a link with his autobiographical Uncle Tungsten), including his own fleeting experience with amusia, a disorder that causes music to sound like sheer clatter.
Second, the discussions of amusia, musical hallucinations, changes in awareness of music as a consequence of brain injury, and the descriptions of localisation in the brain of different functions, are especially helpful for RMTs who work with people who have acquired or congenital brain impairment.
Fuga canonica: en torno de la figura desdichada de Julio Quevedo Arvelo, Ilamado El Chapin y otras notas sobre la musica y la amusia, Medellin: Fondo Editorial Universidad EAFIT, 2002.
The Birth Defects Compendium (6) lists the functional deficit, tune deafness, or amusia, as a lack of musical ability for melody.
Although she made her name with Babes in Toyland, Kat has now formed a new band called Katastrophy Wife, whose debut album Amusia was released on June 25.
Singing is seen as one of the easiest music-making activities to join in with - and if you think you're tone-deaf, be aware that only 4% of people actually have amusia - pitch can be learned.
It was a relatively short step between the notion that dyslexia is an issue of phonological processing and how this might also be associated with poor musical skills - amusia - that has led to approaches to treating the condition using therapy to improve a dyslexic reader's musical skills.
Patel and Isabelle Peretz review evidence, from clinical tests of patients with amusia and aphasia, concerning the degree to which musical and linguistic functions are "modular" (as opposed to being shared) in their representation in the brain.