STEP 5: Implementation (Drafts Due Tuesday, November 11)

The draft of your experiment is due next week, Tuesday, November 11. Try to make this draft as complete as possible, including embedding all testing instructions and questions on Qualtrics, as well as participants’ questionnaire and debriefing. If some of your stimuli are not ready, put place-holder questions. We will review your work in class on Tuesday and do some troubleshooting. The goal is to give your experiment a test-run by the end of the week, so that data collection can start at the latest on Monday, November 17.

Both experiments should include the following components:

– Statement about the pedagogical nature of the project and the anonymity of the data collection process.

– Statement that participants should free free to stop at any time, without adverse effect to them. You may also share that incomplete data sets will not be used in the analysis.

– Participants’ questionnaire (at any point you feel is most appropriate; an option we did not discuss is to have it in the middle).

– Debriefing & free response option: Explain what the experiment was seeking to explore more specifically at the end and provide participants with the option to send comments.

– Contact information in case participants want to receive a copy of the report (with a time period when it will be available).

As you near the end of the experimental design phase, you might want to take some time to review the methodology handouts that were distributed in class. Are there any concepts that relate to your study that is not clear enough to you? Is there any methodological issue arising from your planned procedure that resembles an issue described in the handouts?

Here are the instructions prepared by Pam Patterson on how to post your stimuli on classes*v2 and integrate them in your survey:

Instructions On Uploading Audio Files and Capturing the URL

Don’t hesitate to seek expert help from the support staff at Yale! Here are the contacts of people we have consulted with:

Mike Laurello, School of Music ( OR Will help you with most aspects of stimuli preparation and music technology for pre- and post-processing of data.

Scott Petersen, MusTLab ( Scott is the supervisor of the Department of Music’s technology lab (4th floor). You can contact him for any issue related to using the lab.

Sherlock Campbell, CSSSI ( Can help you with everything statistics as well as Qualtrics. Don’t forget that there are also consultants in the center who will be able to answer your questions and guide you through the steps of data analysis, if needed.

Pam Patterson, ITS ( Pam is an administrator for the course blog and can help you with any issues related to the course blog as well as using classes*v2 for your study (see above).

Rémi Castonguay, Gilmore Library ( Can help you with database research if you need additional background sources and when it is time to relate you findings back to previous findings.

Here are a few additional instructional resources:

David Huron on Types of Behaviors

NOTE that part 5, on “self-report”, is especially relevant for our work. You can find many more useful videos on empirical music research with David Huron here.

Yale’s link to

Also, two sources on doing web-based research; the first one is especially helpful as it provides some strategies to improve success and reliability of data collection:

Honing & Ladinig (2008), “The potential of the internet for music perception research: A comment on lab-based versus web-based studies

Germine, Nakayama, Duchaine, Chabris, Chatterjee, & Wilmer (2012), “Is the Web as good as the lab? Comparable performance from Web and lab in cognitive-perceptual experiments”


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