08. May 2019

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In this new study at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, we investigate the neuronal mechanisms that allow humans to group acoustic sequences.

For this purpose, you will listen via earphones to sequences of digits. After the presentation, your task is to identify whether a sequence contained a given pair of digits.

The study takes place at the Brain Imaging Center at the University Hospital Frankfurt. During the first part of the study, we record data with the magnetoencephalography (MEG) technique. In a second step, an anatomical scan of your brain is conducted using the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique. Both techniques are completely painless and safe for all persons involved.

While the first session in the MEG will take about 2.5 hours, the second session in the MRI will be done in about 15 minutes.
You will get a compensation of € 10,– per 30 minutes, paid after completion of the second session.

In order to participate in this study you need to meet the following requirements:

  • age between 18–35 years
  • native English speaker OR you've acquired English prior to 4 years of age (i.e. you’re bilingual)
  • normal hearing (e.g., no Tinnitus)
  • right-handedness
  • no Dyslexia
  • no neurological or psychiatric diseases (e.g., Migraine with aura)
  • no non-removable metal in/at your body (e.g., retainer, contraceptive coil, tattoo, permanent Make-up, nail polish, mascara, cardiac pacemaker, defibrillator, metal plates, screws, wires)
  • no implants or prostheses (e.g., shunts, stents, cochlea implant, aneurysm clips or artificial joints)
  • no metal splinters are in your body, e.g., no metal chips (e.g., from metal processing industry) or shrapnel (e.g., from war)
  • in case you are wearing glasses, please also bring contacts
  • for women: no pregnancy
  • no claustrophobia


For further questions, more info and to arrange the sessions, please call our Neuroimaging Assistant (069/8300479-383)
or send an e-mail to: zahlen.prj@ae.mpg.de

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