Take part in our research



To examine how individuals with different music and language skills process language, music, pitch, and emotion.


The study is looking for native English speakers aged between 7-60 years who either:

  • have a clinical diagnosis of autism; OR
  • cannot sing-in-tune or detect an out-of-tune note in a melody; OR
  • have neither music nor language problems.


Please register your interest at the following link and a researcher will be in touch:


More information:

The CAASD project consists of various studies, each of which may have different requirements and tasks. For instance, participants may be asked to make judgments on sounds, fill in questionnaires, and/or have their brain responses measured using electroencephalogram (EEG). Some of the studies are conducted in-person in our lab at the University of Reading whereas others are conducted online. For our lab-based studies, first-time participants will also need to complete a few standardised cognitive tests as part of our background measures.

Participants are remunerated for their time at £10 per hour plus travel expenses. To learn more about the above projects, please go to our lab website https://research.reading.ac.uk/caasd-project/.

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All our studies have been reviewed by the University Research Ethics Committee and have been given a favourable ethical opinion for conduct. Our research is supported by the European Research Council (ERC) through an ERC Starting Grant and an ERC Proof of Concept Grant awarded to Dr Fang Liu.