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This citizen-science experiment is being conducted by researchers at Yale University. Before you decide to participate, please read this.

We study how people make sense of the music, speech, and other sounds they hear. We will play you some sounds. We will ask you questions about what you hear.

We will also ask you questions concerning your emotions and behaviors, your preferences and beliefs about music and the arts, your engagement with musical activities, your personal history of musical exposure and training, and some demographic information about you and your family.

The experiment has no known risks or anticipated direct benefits. Your participation is voluntary, you will not receive compensation, you can stop at any time without penalty, and your participation is completely anonymous. No names or any other identifying information will be collected. The results and data will be shared publicly but no one will know that you participated. After the experiment, we will explain several ways to stay informed about the research. If you have questions or problems, you can contact us at

We recommend that you wear headphones. If you don’t have any, you can use speakers instead. By proceeding, you agree to participate.

Title: Citizen-science approaches to auditory perception. PI: Samuel Mehr. Contact: IRB Protocol: #2000033433. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or you have complaints about this research, call the Yale Institutional Review Board at (203) 785-4688 or email

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