Project Title:
Inducing a beat from rhythms with different accent types and complexity
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Jessica Grahn - Department of Psychology, Brain and Mind Institute, Western University
Research Investigators:
Fleur Bouwer, MSc/Mmus - Faculty of Humanities, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam
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Dr. Conor Wild - Department of Psychology, Brain and Mind Institute; Western University

Letter of Information

Please read the following letter of information carefully before proceeding to the experiment.
  1. Invitation
    You are being invited to participate in this research study examining beat perception, because you expressed interest in participating in music cognition research.
  2. Purpose of this letter
    The purpose of this letter of information is to provide you with information required for you to make an informed decision regarding participation in this research.
  3. What is the purpose of this study?
    The purpose of this study is to examine how people can induce a beat from a musical rhythm. We want to know what features of a rhythm make this easier or harder.
  4. When can you participate?
    To participate in this study your hearing must be unimpaired and you have to be 18 years or above.
  5. When can you not participate?
    If you are not yet 18 years old or if your hearing is impaired you are not eligible to participate in this study.
  6. What will you be asked to do?
    If you agree to participate in this experiment, you will be asked to listen to and rate some auditory rhythms. It is anticipated that the entire task will take up to 1 hour. You can complete the experiment at a time and location that is convenient to you.
  7. Are there any risks related to this study?
    There are no known or anticipated risks or discomforts associated with participating in this study.
  8. Are there any benefits related to this study?
    You may not directly benefit from participating in this study but information gathered might provide benefits to society as a whole, which include possible applications in musical therapy.
  9. Compensation
    You will not be monetarily compensated for your participation in this research.
  10. Voluntariness
    Participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate, refuse to answer any questions or withdraw from the study at any time without any consequences to you.
  11. Confidentiality
    All data collected will remain confidential and accessible only to the investigators of this study. We will not ask you for any information that can identify you as a person. The results of this study may be published, but in no way that will allow you to be identified.
  12. Further information
    If you require any further information regarding this research project or your participation in the study you may contact Fleur Bouwer by email on or or by telephone on +1-226-977-2060 (Canada) or +31-655335299 (Netherlands). You can also contact Principal Investigator Dr. Jessica Grahn at +1-519-661-2111, ext. 84804 or on If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or the conduct of this study, you may contact The Office of Research Ethics (519) 661-3036, email:
  13. Publication
    If you would like to receive a copy of any potential study results, please contact Fleur Bouwer by email on or


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