Some people are born with musical talent
Today’s Video of the Day from York University presents new evidence that some people are born with a natural musical talent.
A team of neuroscientists found that some six-month-old infants can discriminate between a major and a minor musical tone sequence.
Previous studies have found that 30 percent of adults can distinguish between major and minor notes, while 70 percent cannot, regardless of training.
The York study revealed that the trend was exactly the same among six-month-old infants – about 30 percent could make the distinction and 70 percent could not.
The findings strongly suggest that some people are born with musical talent.
“At six months, it’s highly unlikely that any of these infants have had any formal training in music,” said Professor Scott Adler. “Yes, parents play music for children. All children in western civilization hear music, but they don’t get that specific training in music. This breakdown, therefore, is due to some inborn mechanism.”
Video Credit: York University News