18. May 2022

Will You Play Me Something?

Playing a musical instrument requires coordination between the auditory process and finger movements. But how does our brain process and combine both areas of information at the same time? In this study, we investigate the brain’s representation of musical sequences. The study consists of two parts, a behavioral study and an fMRI measurement.

In the behavioral part of the study, you will learn to play two short melodies on a keyboard. (If you’re anxious about playing an instrument, don’t worry: Our researchers are patient instructors!) The fMRI measurement part will take place at the Brain Imaging Center, which is located in the University Hospital of Goethe University Frankfurt. There, we will record your brain activity while you listen to and play the melodies you have learned.

The behavioral study should take an hour and a half; the fMRI measurement will happen the following day and should take about two hours.

For your participation, we will pay an expense allowance. For the first session, you will receive seven euros per half hour; for the second session, 10 euros per half hour; total compensation will amount to around 61 euros.

Participant Requirements

  • Age 18 or older
  • No more than two years of musical training in childhood and no musical training in adulthood
  • No hearing impairments
  • No neurological or psychological diseases
  • Right-handed
  • MRI-compatible: No non-removable metal on/in the 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 claustrophobia
  • No pregnancy
  • Ability to understand instructions in English

Interested? To register, please email us at: skillrepresentation.prj@ae.mpg.de

We look forward to meeting you!

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