Participate in a rhythm study!

Make money for listening to rhythms!

If you’d like to sign up for this psych study, simply click on the weblink, then type in your name and click on one of the available slots and hit “Save” — that’s it!

Experiment name:         “Rhythmic Perception in Sight and Sound”
Dates available:              02/16-02/20
Weblink to signup:
Experiment description: Ever wondered how famous composers are able to manipulate our senses to intentionally create different musical encounters? This study investigates how the perception of rhythms may play a role in moulding both auditory and visual experiences. Composers may essentially be unknowing cognitive scientists, tapping into cognitive systems that we are now finally beginning to unravel.
Experimenter name:      Julian De Freitas
Experimenter email:       julian.defreitas(AT)
Experimenter phone:     203-503-4096
Experiment location:      SSS (College st. x Grove st.), room 312-D
Subject requirements:    At least 18 years of age. Must not have taken part in the very same experiment before.
Duration:                         40 minutes
Payment:                         $10

Music Perception and Cognition Lab, McGill University

This lab employs the techniques of digital signal processing, mechanics, psychophysics, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience to understand what it calls ‘psychomechanics’: “the relations between the properties of mechanical objects and the perception of the events they produce.” The lab is particularly focused on questions about timbre, multimodal scene analysis, the temporal nature of music cognition and its relation to musical sound and structure.

The site includes links to music library and resources, online resources, psychology web sites, and collaborating institutions.


Brain and Cognition Lab, Oxford University

Although not a music perception/cognition lab per se, this lab combines behavioral and neuroscientific techniques (EEG, MEG, MRI, TMS) to tackle questions about temporal attention more generally. Many of the experiments employ rhythmic stimuli as a means of getting at these larger questions. The PI, Prof. Kia Nobre, is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on temporal attention, and her book “Attention and Time” is widely read in the field.

The lab website features standard links to collaborators, research questions, publications, etc., and also has a new blog.