A student of Psychology at the University of Glasgow is currently running a research study as part of a degree.

“How do individuals on the autism spectrum perceive emotion in music?”

What is the purpose of the study? 

The purpose of the study is to investigate how individuals on the autism spectrum process and engage with emotions in music.

What should you expect from participation?

The study consists of listening to 32 short clips of instrumental music and then answering a few questions about the emotions in them after each clip. The trials should take a total of about 30 minutes of your time.

Why have you been chosen?

The study will involve adults with and without an autism spectrum diagnosis. We are inviting you to contribute as an individual with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum. 

However, if one of the following applies to you, we cannot include you in this study:
• You have been diagnosed with alexithymia;
• You have a profound disinterest towards music;
• You have been diagnosed with synaesthesia.

Do I have to take part?

Participation is completely voluntary. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you would like to take part, please remember that you can also withdraw from the study at any time during the trials without having to give a reason. You can also ask for your participation to be erased any time after finishing by contacting the researchers. In this case all your data and information will be deleted. 

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All data collected during the course of the study will be treated as strictly confidential. The data will be completely anonymised ensuring that individuals who participate in the research will be non-identifiable. All data will be de-identified and stored in locked facilities or password-protected files. 

What are the benefits and risks of participating?

By taking part in this study you will be making an important contribution to our understanding of individuals on the autism spectrum, and our efforts to improve their lived experience.

There are no risks associated with taking part in this study. Before we begin the experiment we will calibrate the volume of the stimuli to a level that is most comfortable for you. If you become sensitive to the volume or type of music presented you are welcome to request a break or withdraw at any point. 

What will happen to the results of the research study?

When the study has finished, all of the data gathered will be de-identified, collated and analyzed statistically. The study is for academic purposes only, and the individual results of the study will only available to the supervisor of the research, and the academic Maxi-project board. These kinds of student papers will only be published if they are exceptionally good, but even then your participation will not be known by any readers.

Link to experiment

Who can I contact if I want more information? 


Jeremi Korhonen: [email protected]

Dr Chiara Horlin: [email protected]

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