Why is BBC Lab UK doing the 'How musical are you?' test?

Our partner scientists hope to use the results from this experiment to better understand the sorts of experiences and attitudes which lead to different degrees of 'musicality' or musical sophistication.

You can find out more in our article: About ‘How musical are you?’

Who designed ‘How musical are you?’

The experiment was designed by Dr Daniel Müllensiefen, Dr Bruno Gingras and Dr Lauren Stewart of the ‘Music, Mind and Brain’ research group at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Who will have access to my data?

The data gathered through ‘How musical are you?’ will be analysed by Dr Daniel Müllensiefen, Dr Bruno Gingras and Dr Lauren Stewart. The data they receive will contain no personally identifying information such as your name, email address or full postcode. It will be completely anonymous.

The results from Lab UK tests and experiments are a valuable resource for science and education. In the future, Lab UK may allow access to data by agreement for trusted scientists and academics, for academic and educational research purposes. In all cases, the data received will be anonymous and contain no personally identifying information.

When and how will the results of the experiment be made available?

The results of this experiment will be announced on this website, within 18 months of the experiment being launched.

Why do I have to be over 18?

This experiment is only valid for people aged 18 and over. This is because some of the tests and measures involved have only been validated on people over the age of 18.

Can I drop out of the ‘How musical are you?’ test

You can end your participation at any time by simply closing your browser or navigating away from ‘How musical are you?’ If you wish to go further and delete data stored in the BBC Lab UK database you can email us, and your data will be excluded from the test immediately and deleted permanently within 28 days of your request.

However, it will not be possible to remove your data once it has been collected and sent in its anonymous format to the scientists for analysis. This is because once the data is passed over to the scientists, there remain no means of identifying the individual to whom the data belongs.


What is Lab UK?

Lab UK is a BBC website where you can participate in groundbreaking scientific experiments online. Lab UK works with leading scientists to conduct experiments that can only work with a very large number of participants. We promise to:

  • Create new knowledge
  • Use approved scientific methods
  • Be secure and anonymous
  • Contribute to learning
  • Always publish findings

Find out more on the Lab UK homepage .

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