Pitch memory: an advantage for the left-handed

Science. 1978 Feb 3;199(4328):559-60. doi: 10.1126/science.622558.


In an auditory or musical task, subjects made pitch recognition judgments when the tones to be compared were separated by a sequence of interpolated tones. The left-handed subjects performed significantly better than the right-handed and also had a significantly higher variance. Further analysis showed that the superior performance was attributable largely to the left-handed subjects with mixed hand preference.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / physiology
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Pitch Discrimination / physiology*