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Consent Form

Online Screening for Tone Deafness

You are invited to be in a research study of tone deafness and auditory perception. You were selected as a possible participant because you expressed interest in participating and/or you think you may be tone deaf. We ask that you read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to be in the study.

This study is being conducted by: Andrew J. Oxenham, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota.


Background Information

The purpose of this study is to identify participants who may be eligible to participate in future studies on tone deafness, the inability to recognize tunes without lyrics or detect small changes in pitch. Even if you are not tone deaf, your responses will help us learn more about auditory perception, and you may still be eligible to participate in future studies.


If you agree to be in this study, we would ask you to do the following things:

You will be asked to answer some questions about yourself (e.g., age, handedness, etc.) and your musical abilities. You will also be asked if you are interested in coming into the lab to participate in future paid studies, and if so, to provide your name and email or phone number. Lastly, you will complete a short listening task. Please complete the listening task in a quiet place with headphones and make sure your volume is set to a comfortable listening level. The duration of this screening will last approximately 15 minutes.  

Risks and Benefits of being in the Study

The only potential risk (other than boredom) is exposure to loud sounds. To minimize this risk, please set the volume on your computer to a comfortable listening level.

There are no anticipated direct benefits to participation.


Students volunteering through the Research Experience Program (REP) will receive 1 REP point for participation. There is no monetary compensation for participating in this screening. If you choose to enter into the Amazon gift card raffle, your odds of winning a $50 gift card are approximately 1/50,000.


The records of this study will be kept private. In any sort of report we might publish, we will not include any information that will make it possible to identify a subject. Research records will be stored securely and only researchers will have access to the records. Study data will be encrypted according to current University policy for protection of confidentiality.


Voluntary Nature of the Study:

Participation in this study is voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with the University of Minnesota. If you decide to participate, you are free to not answer any question or withdraw at any time without affecting those relationships.


Contacts and Questions: 

The researcher conducting this study is: Dr. Andrew J. Oxenham. You may ask any questions you have through email ( or phone (612-624-2241). If you have questions later, you are encouraged to contact him at N249 Elliott Hall, 612-624-2241,

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this study and would like to talk to someone other than the researcher(s), you are encouraged to contact the Research Subjects’ Advocate Line, D528 Mayo, 420 Delaware St. Southeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455; (612) 625-1650.

You will be given a copy of this information to keep for your records.


Statement of Consent:

I have read the above information. I have asked questions and have received answers. I consent to participate in the study.

If you consent to take part in this study, please print a copy of this page to keep for reference and then click the “I Agree” button below; this will take you to the screening.