Musical Talent and Visual-Spatial Ability: Onset of Puberty

Marianne Hassler, N. Birbaumer, A. Feil

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Abstract

Results of the third and fourth stage of a longitudinal study with boys and girls in the early teens indicated a relationship between musical talent and visual-spatial ability. The onset of puberty influenced the outcome. Musical talent decreased in those children who attained extremely high test scores on the Wing tests and were able to compose/improvise. The decline was more marked in girls than in boys. The onset of puberty was also related to an increase of spatial ability. The improvement was more marked in girls. The influence of puberty on the relationship between musical talent and visual-spatial ability was reflected in changing pattern of connections between two musical capacities and three spatial factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-151
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology of Music
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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