The effect of musical training on auditory perception

The effect of musical training on auditory perception

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Some findings suggest that prolonged musical training can make us better at perceiving music and/or speech, and that musical training may even slow the negative effects of aging on hearing. However, other findings suggest limited or mixed benefits of musical training on auditory perception. We are interested in providing a definitive answer as to whether musical training truly affects perception of non-musical sounds, and whether it may help prevent age-related hearing loss.


Both male and female

40 years old to 69 years old

Healthy Volunteers

Who can participate in this study?

Individuals who are between 40 and 69 years old with no history of hearing or neurological problems.

All ranges of musical ability needed!

What is involved?

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.

Principal Investigator & Posting Dates

Principal Investigator: Ingrid Johnsrude
Study posted on: November 22nd, 2018
Recruitment open until:

Who can I contact to learn more about this study?

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For more information about this study please contact:

Bruno Mesquita
Subject line: Musical Training Study



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