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  About the Study

WHAT IS ABSOLUTE PITCH?
Absolute pitch, also known as "perfect pitch", is a rare cognitive trait that involves the ability to identify and name musical tones without the use of an external reference pitch. Most individuals with absolute pitch identify tones rather effortlessly, with little or no deliberation.

THE PURPOSE OF OUR RESEARCH STUDY
We are investigating the genetic basis of absolute pitch. The purpose of this study is to learn the location of the gene(s) (a segment of DNA required to contribute to a function) that contributes to absolute pitch ability. This research study has been reviewed and approved by the North Shore-LIJ Health System Institutional Review Board, which supports, facilitates and promotes the ethical conduct of research involving humans.

AM I ELIGBLE?
If you, and/or another member of your family have absolute pitch (8 years of age or older), you may be eligible to participate.

WHAT ARE PARTICIPANTS ASKED TO DO?
Participation is simple and not time consuming. It is conducted by mail, Internet and/or over the telephone. You will be asked to complete a brief interview, take a seven-minute musical pitch identification test and provide a saliva sample. If you are eighteen years of age or older, you will be given the option to donate a sample of your blood, instead of the saliva sample. There will be a fixed reimbursement to cover any expenses related to the blood draw. All study related procedures will be provided at no cost to you.

WILL I RECEIVE ANY RESULTS?
We plan to keep you updated on the general research findings of this study by newsletter or other means, however, you will not be provided with any information on your own genes. It is currently not possible for us to interpret the results of such studies on any particular individual.