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* Study Name: Visualears Project

Researchers:Shafagh Hadavi (PhD student, Keio University;; lead researcher)Dr. Patrick Savage (Associate Professor, Keio University,; PrincipalInvestigator)

Purpose of the Research: To explore the relationship between music, visuals, and emotion.What You Will Be Asked to Do in the Research: You will be asked to use headphones, and listen to several excerpts of music and rate the emotional content (arousal/valence) on a scale from 1-5, and select from eight emotion categories. You will also be asked to pair each excerpt to various visual stimuli (visual textures, and a colour palette) and fill out a questionnaire about your musical and visual training.The experiment will take about 30-40 minutes.

Risks and Discomforts: We do not foresee any risks or discomfort from your participation in the research. You have the right to not answer any questions.

Benefits of the Research and Benefits to You: You will be compensated for an hour of your time based on the standard rates of Keio University for research participation. Cross-cultural studies involving cross-modal research questions has the potential to reveal insights into human perception and cognition and may as a result, help in improving our understanding and developing practical applications to enhance the quality of human experience in various fields such as music and art therapy.

Voluntary Participation: Your participation in the study is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop participating at any time without any penalty.

Withdrawal from the Study: You can stop participating in the study at any time, for any reason, if you so decide. Your decision to stop participating, or to refuse to answer particular questions, will not affect your relationship with the researchers, or any other group associated with this project. In the event you withdraw from the study, all associated data collected will be immediately destroyed wherever possible.

Confidentiality: By agreeing to participate in this research, you give consent to the use of your responses to be evaluated and included in an OSF repository online as well as a journal publication/academic presentation/conference. The data is anonymous and will remain anonymous.

Questions About the Research? If you have questions about the research in general or about your role in the study, please feel free to contact through e-mail at This research has beenreviewed and approved by the Keio University SFC Research Ethics Committee. If you have any questions about this process, or about your rights as a participant in the study, please contact

Legal Rights and Signatures:
I consent to participate in Visualears Project. I have understood the nature of this project and wish to participate. I am not waiving any of my legal rights by signing this form.

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