Music & Language study

Purpose: We are interested in how different cognitive and pitch processing styles impact how people perceive and produce music, language, and emotions.

Procedure: Participants will complete several tasks including emotion recognition tasks, speech and song perception and imitation tasks, cognitive tasks, and music listening tasks. Each task lasts about 1 hour.

Who can participate? 

  • Native English speakers aged 7-60
  • with a diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome
  • OR without a diagnosis and sings well or out of tune
  • with no known visual, hearing or speaking difficulty
  • with no known psychiatric or neurological conditions

Compensation: You will be paid £7.50 per hour and your travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you fulfill our requirements and are interested in participating in our research, please sign up at or contact us at You can also visit our lab at

This study is conducted by Dr. Fang Liu, Dr. Caitlin Dawson, and Florence Leung in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. It has been reviewed by the University Research Ethics Committee and has been given a favourable ethical opinion for conduct.