Adaptive pitch test: Accurately measure your pitch perception abilities

This adaptive pitch test will play a series of two short tones and ask you if the second tone is higher or lower than the first tone. This test measures your pitch perception abilities by adapting to your responses: The better you are, the closer and closer the stimuli will become. As you advance in the test, it may sound as if the two tones are identical. This is never the case: they will always be a different pitch, even if that difference is imperceptible.

This test was developed while working as a researcher at the Music and Neuroimaging laboratory at Beth Israel/Harvard Medical School.

At the end of the test, you will be presented with population statistics on over 11,000 subjects who have anonymously submitted their scores. You can compare your performance to others. Maybe you'll discover a hidden talent. Performance defintely gets better with practice as well, so please feel free to use this test as both a practice method as well as a diagnostic tool.

Keyboard shortcuts: up/down arrows to choose if the second tone is higher or lower, and the space bar replays the tones.

You will need Flash for this test.

About the author: I am a radiology resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Prior to medical school, I produced several electronic music albums.