Seeking Participants: Music, Emotion, and Cognition

Study Name: Music, Emotion, and Cognition (view general details)

Description:  We are seeking volunteers to participate in a study addressing the links between music training, and executive and emotional functioning.

Part One of this study will require you to complete nine short measures of executive functioning ability (assessing inhibitory control, working memory updating, and cognitive flexibility), as well as three short surveys measuring your flexible regulation of emotional expression, personality (with feedback), and your wellbeing (Estimated time ~1.5 hours).

Part Two (optional session) is an extension to this, where you will download the SEMA3 app and, over the course of a week (1 minute, 8x a day), respond to questions about your current emotional states and regulation strategies you may have used (with personalised feedback provided).  To participate in Part two, you must own an IPHONE (iOS 8 or above) or ANDROID (Android 6.0 or above).  The SEMA3 app will not work on Oppo or Huawei phones.

This study is available online and can be completed at the time of your choosing.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Aged between 17-35.
  • No history of neurological disorders
  • No symptoms of mental ill-health within the last five years
  • Normal hearing
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • We do not require any previous experience with music learning

Compensation:  On completion of each Part of this experiment (maximum two entries per person), you will go in the running to win 1 of 5 $50 gift cards available for redemption at various stores.  Winners will be contacted November 2022, unless consent to do so is withdrawn.

Contact: To participate in one or both parts of the study, please contact the researcher (Emmelyne Jack) at

Ethics approval: This study has been approved by the HREC: ID 14423


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