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A Theory of Adaptive Music Listening

Study Description

The Adaptive Functions of Music Listening: Structure, Correlates, and Consequences.
 
You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully.
 
What is the purpose of the study?
We are interested in the functions of music listening and whether those functions have any unique consequences for well-being. To do this we want to develop a questionnaire that measures the reasons why people listen to music, and to test the outcomes of those functions of music listening.
 
Who are the researchers and who is funding the research?
This research is being carried out by Jenny Groarke, supervised by Dr. Michael Hogan in the School of Psychology, NUI, Galway. This research has been approved by the NUI, Galway Research Ethics Committee, and is funded by the Irish Research Council.
 
Who can take part?
Any English speaker, who listens to music and is over 18 years of age can take part. Even if you don’t listen to music very often, or have no musical knowledge or training, I am interested in what motivates you to listen to music.
 
What would be involved?
If you choose to participate, this will involve you, answering a series of questions, which measure your reasons for listening to music. You will also be asked questions about which emotions you feel when you listen to music, and whether you use music to deal with stress and negative emotions, as well as questions about your everyday well-being, education, employment status, and if you have any musical training.
 
What will I do with the information?
The answers you provide will be used to develop a psychometrically valid and reliable measure of music listening motivations. All questionnaires will be completed anonymously; the researcher will not know who has completed each questionnaire. The data will only be seen by the researcher and her supervisor. All data will be stored in accordance with the data protection act.
 
Are there any risks involved in taking part?
We foresee no risks to participants as a result of taking part. Many people use music to cope with stress or manage negative moods, some participants may feel discomfort when answering questions about these personal experiences.
 
What if I wish to withdraw?
Your participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time you wish, without giving a reason and without penalty.
 
When and where will this happen?
This questionnaire will be available to complete until March 2015.
The questionnaire is available online, so you can answer it in your own time, wherever you like.
Alternatively, you can request the paper version and return it to the School of Psychology using the FreePost envelope enclosed. 
 
How long will it take?
The questionnaire takes up to 45 minutes to complete. You can complete the questionnaire at your own pace taking breaks as you wish.
 
What it I have more questions?
If you have any further questions about the study, or if you encounter any difficulty understanding or completing the questionnaire, please contact me.
 
Contact Information
If you would be interested in taking part, you can contact me at any time on 085-272 22 22 or by email at jenny.groarke@gmail.com.  I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the project.
 
If you have any concerns about this study and wish to get in touch with someone independent and in confidence, you may contact:
 
The Chairperson of the NUI Galway Research Ethics Committee, C/o Office of the Vice President for Research, NUI Galway Tel: 091 524411 (extension 5312) 091 495312 (direct) Email ethics@nuigalway.ie
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