Do you have ‘congenital amusia’? A lot of people claim they do. It’s the scientific term for being ‘tone deaf’. But are they really?

In the animated audio clip above, Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry explore the science behind tone deafness… investigating the truth about the condition, and employing a bit of singing from Fry.

The clip is part of the BBC Radio 4 radio programme The Curious Case of Rutherford and Fry, which you can find as a podcast here. Listen to the full episode called The Melodic Mystery.

Discover more from the Curious Cases programme on BBC Future.

Video by Howard Timberlake.