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There have been some studies showing a relationship between the gustatory cortex (activated when you smell or taste something disgusting), and moral disgust. The hypothesis is that humans didn't have time to evolve separate parts of the brain to deal with newer concepts such as moral disgust. Instead the brain uses existing parts like the gustatory cortex to deal with concepts like moral disgust. And indeed in cultures all over the world terms for something immoral are often similar to: "makes me sick, smells rotten, smells fishy, stinks of corruptions etc"

Anyway, it makes sense that (no pun intended) we would use our other senses or brain regions to conceive of concepts as abstract as pitch and timbre, since there is a not a specific brain region devoted to this task. People often disagree on what color a certain saxophone tone is. Or what shape their sound is. For me the color I associate with a certain tone can change, so I am not surprised that people are swayed by the color of the saxophone or instrument.
 
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