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About this survey

Music & Emotional Word Classification

This study, which forms part of a PhD project, aims to investigate the relationship between music, sound, reading, and some peronality traits. It should take around 12 minutes.

This study requires use of a keyboard and so is not suitable for smartphones or tablets.

Click on the link below for further information about the study.

What is the purpose of this study?

Currently, researchers are uncertain about how music, and the emotions it generates, affects our processing of language. The aim of the study as a whole is to unravel whether or not emotion can be transferred from music to language processing.

Why have I been approached?

Native speakers of English over 18 with normal or corrected to normal hearing and vision is eligible to take part: additionally, participants should be right-handed.

Do I have to take part?

No – participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and you may stop your participation at any time during the study and withdraw your data up until August 15th to allow time to recruit other participants.

What will happen if I agree to take part? You will complete a questionnaire and be asked to classify a sequence of words for their emotional content. You will also hear some sounds. It will take around 12 minutes.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no anticipated disadvantages or risks of taking part.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

This study will hopefully contribute to the body of knowledge about music emotion and language. How these things interact is currently not well understood: your participation will help psychologists to have a fuller understanding of the psychological mechanisms involved. You will also receive your Prolific fee.

What if something goes wrong?

It is unlikely that anything will go wrong. However, if you feel that something has gone wrong, please contact the researcher (James Armitage) or the supervisor (Prof Tuomas Eerola).

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

Yes. The study is completely anonymous: participants will be known only by their prolific ID initially, and then the prolific ID will be deleted from the data as soon as is practicable. Completely anonymised data may be shared with other researchers to support future research.

How do I withdraw from the study?

During the study, you can simply stop answering questions and close the browser at any time. You can contact the researcher via email quoting your Prolific ID before August 15th, and your data will be deleted.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

Results of the study will form part of a PhD project; anonymised data may be used for peer-reviewed publication.

Who is organising and funding the research?

The research is organised by James Armitage, a PhD student at the University of Durham, Department of Music. This project is not externally funded.

Contact information

Information about this study:

Research Student: James Armitage

Supervisor: Prof Tuomas Eerola

Contact email:

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