Lend Your Ears and Brain to Research

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for research in the BPM Research Lab.

There are currently two projects recruiting volunteers. Please look at the criteria below and fill out the interest form for the project you best meet the criteria for.

1. Music Training and Synesthesia

If you would like to participate, you should be a musician who experiences musical sound-color synesthesia. These might include:

  • Pitch-color (e.g., C# is experienced as red or “re” is green)
  • Timbre-color (e.g., strings instruments are experienced as orange)
  • Chord-color (e.g., G major chord is experienced as blue)

All volunteers should be age 18+ and a current Berklee community member

Eligible participants will complete an online test of synesthesia and fill out a survey about your music training history. The study will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

If interested, please fill out this Participation Interest Form and we will contact you if you meet the criteria for participation.


2. Music Training and Auditory Processing (On Hold Due to Covid Response)

We are currently looking for instrumentalists* that meet the following criteria:

  • Jazz musicians with 5+ years of training in music that includes improvisation
  • Classical musicians with 5+ years of training in music that does not include improvisation
  • All volunteers should be age 18-35 and current Berklee community members

Eligible participants will listen to music and other sounds in a sound-attenuated room. The study will take 1 hour to complete.

If interested, please fill out this Participation Interest Form and we will contact you if you meet the criteria for participation.

*At this time, we are not recruiting those primarily trained in voice or percussion.