How to take part


If you wish to learn more about the study an information sheet (pdf 58 kb) containing more detail is available. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you are interested in participating you should email Garreth Prendergast ( and arrange a convenient time to visit the laboratory for the initial session.

Who can take part?

We are looking for people with good hearing aged 37-50. We are also looking for people fluent in English as some of the tasks involve listening to spoken sentences.

What will I have to do?

You will be asked to listen to a number of different sounds and make judgements about them. Some sounds are simple beeps and tones, others are spoken sentences. You will be given adequate training to ensure you are able to do the tasks. There is also a session where we will measure the electrical activity produced by your brain in response to beeps and clicks.

How long does the experiment take?

The experiment consists of an initial 2.5-hour session to test your hearing and to collect the answers to some questionnaires. After this initial session, there are a further 2 sessions each of which lasts around 2 hours and will be conducted on different days. If your hearing is found not to be suitable for the study, the first session will last around 15 minutes before being brought to an end.

What to do now?

If you have any further questions about the project, do not hesitate to email Garreth Prendergast who will be happy to answer any of your questions or queries.