Last updated: 2018.12.15
MCG reading group

The Music Cognition Reading Group Amsterdam meets monthly to discuss recent findings from the literature and present research from the Music Cognition Group Amsterdam and other music research groups. The meetings usually take place on the last Friday of each calendar month and are held at the Science Park in Amsterdam (directions). If you want to stay informed about upcoming sessions, please go to our group page for more information.

MCG listening experiments

N.B. There are currently no experiment running.

N.B.2 Want to be put on the "Expression of interest" list? Go to Facebook or send an email to PA@MCG.

  1. A new experiment on language and music for speakers of Mandarin (Spring/Summer 2016)
    We are currently preparing a new experiment on language and music. For this experiment we are looking for native speakers of Mandarin who are willing to lend us their ears (and brains). Preferably you are right-handed and have less then 5 years of musical training.

    In this experiment you will listen to spoken words in Mandarin while listening to short melodies. We will measure your brain activity using non-invasive EEG methods. The experiment will last between 90-120 minutes (including set-up and some questionnaires) for which we can offer a modest fee of 30,- Euro.

    For more information or making an appointment please send an email with the subject line “I’m interested" to Joey Weidema ( or Johan Tangerman ( and we get back to you!

  2. Hooked On Music 2.0 (Summer 2015)
    Latest version of the Music Cognition Group's experiment on musical memory. Feel free to play and encourage your friends and family to do the same. See

  3. Language and Music experiment on Mandarin Tonal Contours (Winter 2014/15)
    For a new study on pitch processing in language and music we need your help. For this experiment we are looking for native speakers of Mandarin and native speakers of Dutch. The experiment itself comprises a simple listening task that will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. For your help we can offer a modest fee of 10 Euro an hour, next to our gratitude, of course. If you're interested, simply send us a short 'I'm interested' and you will contact you as soon as possible! Additionally, if you happen to know of other people who might be interested in participating, please feel free to send this along as well. (Contact: Joey Weidema).

  4. Beat perception experiment (Winter 2014/15)
    We are looking for participants for our research about beat perception! Myrthe and Carola will be doing their Master research this year with Fleur Bouwer, MSc. They are helping out in a big project in which we aim to find out whether beat perception is innate or learned. From Tuesday 18 November 2014 onward, we will be testing again!

    Beat perception experiment Currently, we are specifically looking for non-musicians, between 18 and 50 years old (max. 2 years of music lessons, min. 5 years ago). The experiment takes about 4 hours (including setting everything up and some questionnaires) and you will get a reimbursement of 22,50 euros. If everything goes well on our end, we will ask you to come back for a second session in January, so you can earn a total of 45 euros! During the experiment, you will listen to rhythms. First while watching a movie and subsequently while performing a simple task to do with the rhythms (in total about 2,5 hours). While you're listening, we will measure you're brain activity with EEG. We will provide snacks, coffee, tea and of course a movie (you can pick yourself, we currently have a.o. Inception, 2012, Gladiator, Pirates (3) and Harry Potter available). So if you want to help science and have some time in the next few weeks (Contact: Carola Werner)

    P.S. Want to participate, but play an instrument? We will probably be looking for musicians (amateur and professionals) in January and maybe December. So all reactions are welcome!

  5. Muziek en taal experiment (Winter 2014/15)
    Deelnemers gezocht voor een EEG-experiment over hoe het brein reageert op muziek! We zoeken deelnemers die:
    • Tussen de 18-35 jaar oud zijn
    • Nederlands als moedertaal hebben
    • Een muziekopleiding volgen of gevolgd hebben (minimaal het eerste jaar afgerond)
    • Rechtshandig zijn.
    Het experiment vindt plaats in het Bungehuis (Spuistraat 210, A'dam), en duurt ongeveer 4 uur. Je krijgt €8,-/uur betaald, en als je meer dan 90% van de experimenttaak goed hebt, krijg je €9,-/uur! Wil je meedoen? Stuur dan een email naar: Gisella Govaart.

  6. Language and music experiment (Summer 2014)
    We need participants for a new line of research that investigates how language and music are processed in the brain. Interested? You will participate in a three sessions of one hour, constituting of either Dutch language task and/or a musical task. You have to be a native speaker of Dutch and either have had very little musical training (3 years max.) or full education in music (studied at the 'Conservatorium’). Besides getting an inside look of the music cognition group, you will earn €8 per hour (plus an extra €1 for any extra participant you bring in :-). Location: Bungehuis, Spuistraat 210, Amsterdam. In case you are interested or would like to have more information about the experiment, please do not hesitate to us. (Contact: M. Paula Roncaglia).

  7. Experiment on beat perception (Spring 2014)
    This study involves listening to and rating rhythms online. The entire study will take up to 1 hour to complete and you can participate at a time and location of your convenience. You can also take the experiment in short blocks and take breaks in between. If you would be willing to participate, please go to for more information and the experiment. (Contact: Fleur Bouwer.)

  8. Experiment on Hooks (Winter 2013/14)
    This study is a citizen-science Name-That-Tune game for iOS devices only. A song starts playing, usually from somewhere in the middle of the song ('drop-the-needle'). The player has 15 seconds to decide whether he or she knows the song. The faster a player guesses, the more points are at stake to win or lose. If you would be willing to participate, please go to for more information and to download the app. (Contact: J. Ashley Burgoyne.)

Older experiments (for demonstration only):
  1. Experiment on rhythmic complexity. Do experiment here.
  2. Experiment on timing and tempo in classical, jazz and rock music. Do English, Chinese or Dutch version...
  3. Demo experiment on rhythmical 'earwurms'. Do Dutch version...