The Effect of Musical Training on Auditory Perception

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study on musical training. The purpose of this study is to better understand how musical training affects the way younger and older adults perceive sounds, like speech and music. We are seeking a wide range of participants, from the musically impaired to expert musicians, so all ranges of musical ability are welcome to participate.

Our study involves three parts, an online pre-screening, and two in-person study visits. During the online pre-screening, participants will complete a demographic questionnaire, a short personality test, and a melody discrimination test (~20 min.). During the in-person study visits, participants will complete a series of auditory tests, which involve listening to sounds over headphones and providing responses based on their perception. We will record their brain activity using electroencephalography (electrodes placed on scalp; non-invasive) during some of the tests. Each study visit will take approximately 2 hours to complete, and participants are compensated $10 CAD per hour.

If you are interested in participating, please complete our screening procedure by clicking on the following link:

Eligibility criteria for the pre-screening:

Age: between 40-69 years
No history of hearing difficulty or neurological problems

If you have any questions, please contact the Vanessa at  (Subject line: Musical Training Study)

Project title: The Effect of Musical Training on Auditory Perception

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude