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The Adaptive Functions of 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 consequences for well-being. To do this we want to develop a questionnaire that measures the reasons why people listen to music.

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 fluent 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 education, employment status, and if you have any musical training.

What will happen to my information?
Your answers will be used to create a psychological measure of music listening. Your answers will remain completely anonymous and confidential.

How long will it take?
The time taken to complete the questionnaire is up to you, you do not have to do it all at once. Many participants find the questionnaire takes around 40 minutes to complete.

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 at by email at
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