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Musical Following Study

Director, LIVELab: Dr. Laurel Trainor, Ph.D. (905) 525-9140, ext. 23007
Graduate Student: Lucas Klein
Research Assistant: Susan Marsh-Rollo, B.Sc. (905) 525-9140 ext 27114

Purpose of the Study:  
To understand how musicians learn a piece of music and adapt to other musicians.

Description of the research: 
You will be asked to play and record yourself playing your instrument while you listen to a recording over headphones on your own device (ex. tablet, phone, laptop).
The entire procedure will take about one hour, plus about one hour for setup. You will also be asked to fill out a questionnaire online (this LimeSurvey) that includes demographic and health questions and questions about your background. We will ask you at the end if we may contact you again at a later date in order to ask at that time if you are interested in participating again.

Potential Risks:  
There are no known harms associated with these procedures. You may choose to not answer questions on the questionnaires if they make you feel uncomfortable. There is a risk that someone else in the vicinity of your workspace or who has access to your computer could see or hear your responses; to minimize this risk, it is recommended that you complete the study in a private place and clear your web browser's history after submitting your responses.

Potential Benefits:
The results will not benefit you directly, but will help scientists understand more about the development of various aspects of auditory perception and the development of language and musical skills. Any results from this study that are published in the future can be accessed via https://trainorlab.mcmaster.ca/.

Study Incentive:
You will be given an honorarium of $100 for your participation in this study. 

Confidentiality will be respected and no information that discloses your identity will be released or published without your consent, unless required by law (for example, laws pertaining to the protection of vulnerable individuals including children). Data collected by LimeSurvey and your recordings are stored on secure servers at McMaster University. All data and recordings will remain in Dr. Trainor's lab, stored in de-identified form for possible future analysis, until such time as they are destroyed. 

Participation in research is voluntary. If you choose to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any time without prejudice, even after signing this form. You can withdraw at any point in the survey by clicking the “Exit and Clear” button on the top of each page. If you withdraw, your data will not be collected. In the case of withdrawal, all data will be destroyed unless you indicate otherwise.

Ethics Review:
This research has been approved by the McMaster University Research Ethics Board (MREB). Participants with concerns or questions may contact the Ethics Secretariat, Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS).
            Telephone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 23142
            E-mail: ethicsoffice@mcmaster.ca