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Let the music play! The Effects of Music on Reading Ability

Children with or without dyslexia ages 9–11 might be eligible to take part in this interesting opportunity

This is a research study led by Dr. Elisabet Service at the Language, Memory and Brain Lab at McMaster University in the Neuroscience department. We are now looking for participants! This study investigates how listening to musical rhythms might enhance children’s memory for words. Participating in this study involves a 35–45-minute online session on an experimental platform called Pavlovia. The session can be completed in the comfort of your home! Your participation is voluntary. This study has been reviewed by and received ethics clearance from the McMaster Research Ethics Board.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria:

  • Access to reliable internet connection, computer/laptop and Skype account 
  • Ages 9-11 
  • Child speaks English 
  • Child was born in Canada 
  • Child is not engaged in any musical activities outside the school classroom for more than 6 months (e.g., music lessons) 
  • Normal hearing (e.g., no use of hearing aids) 
  • Normal or corrected vision (i.e., child wears or doesn’t wear glasses) 
  • Child does not have ADHD or ASD in combination with reading difficulties 
  • Child has not experienced any injuries to the brain (e.g., concussion, stroke, etc.) 
  • Child has reading difficulties (e.g., dyslexia) or child does not have reading difficulties 

If you are interested in having your child participate or in receiving more information, please contact the researcher Bre-Anna Owusu, PhD candidate at This study is a part of the researcher’s PhD project. The recruitment is expected to end in August 2021.