WEB PROJECTS: Hearing Test

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Science  30 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5744, pp. 2141
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5744.2141d

All societies create music, but styles vary wildly, from Japanese kodo drumming to Tuvan throat singing to heavy metal. The Music Universals Study, composed by two Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate students in cognitive science and media, aims to find out whether our perceptions of music depend on culture and experience by using the Web to survey people. You can play a part by completing the site's 15-minute test, which asks you to rate the pleasantness of sounds, indicate whether they evoke happiness or sadness, and determine whether the tension in a particular passage rises or falls. The students hope to have results from thousands of participants from different backgrounds and countries within a year.


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