Participants wanted: Learning to play a piece of music: disruption of muscle memory formation in pianists

Annie Wilkins
Wednesday 26 January 2022

This study is being conducted as part of my, Annie Wilkins’, Honours Degree in The School of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews (ethics approval code PS15773).

You are invited to participate in a research project where you will play two simple melodies on the piano, and perform a typing task on a computer. You will also engage in a stimulus response task on the computer, and heart rate will be monitored using a pulse oximeter at various points. Questionnaires will collect information about your musical experience and severity of music performance anxiety. This study will take place in a lab in The School of Psychology & Neuroscience in St Andrews at your convenience. Participants will be rewarded £5 for their time. Participation should take approximately half an hour. Participants must be 18 or over, have at least a basic level of piano experience (i.e. Grade 1 ABRSM) and the ability to sight-read a simple melody.

 If you are interested, please email

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