Posted 01/06/2014 at 4:31 PM
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It is believed that absolute pitch, the ability to identify or sing a specific note without any reference points, is a learned ability that must be attained by the age of seven. Beyond that, it’s thought that we lose the window of opportunity to master the skill. So says Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University.
There is a drug, however, that may return the adult brain to its earlier, childlike plasticity, allowing adults to learn things that would be normally be impossible, past early childhood. The drug is called valproate, and it’s a mood stabilizer, normally used to treat epilepsy.