Participate in music neuroscience research

What is the Music and Craving Study?

The Music and Craving Study is a PhD research project being run by Kiralee Musgrove and supervised by Professor Sarah Wilson at the University of Melbourne's School of Psychological Sciences. We want to understand what drives the experience of craving resolution of tension, or “the drop”, when listening to electronic dance music. 

Am I eligible to participate?

  • Are you located in or near Melbourne, Australia?
  • Proficient in English?
  • Aged 18-40 years old?
  • Do not have hearing difficulties?
  • Do not dislike electronic dance or house music?

If you answered "yes" to each of these questions, you are eligible to participate in the Music and Craving Study. 

What is involved?

There are two components to the Music and Craving Study: an online component and an in-person component. For the online component, participants complete a number of questionnaires via the Music and Craving Study website. This takes 20-30 minutes. For the in-person component, participants attend Federation Hall in Southbank to complete a short questionnaire and record personal judgments about pieces of electronic dance music. This takes approximately 1.5 hours (2 hours for participation in the study in total).

When are the in-person component sessions?

Our last testing session will be held on:

  • Saturday, 6th May 2017, 2pm

To ensure no delays, we ask that you arrive a few minutes ahead of the scheduled starting time. 

How do I sign up?

To sign up, simply go to the Music and Craving Study website and complete the online component.

Where is the Music and Craving Study?

The Music and Craving Study is held at Federation Hall, a 200-seat auditorium located on the campus of Victorian College of the Arts (Grant Street, Southbank VIC 3006). When you arrive at Federation Hall, please take the staircase at the rear of the foyer up to the auditorium.

Federation Hall from Grant Street, Southbank

Inside Federation Hall

How do I get to Federation Hall?


  •  Federation Hall is a 12 minute walk from Flinders Street Station, along St Kilda Road.


  • For routes travelling up and down St Kilda Road (numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72), disembark at Grant Street (stop 17). If travelling on route 1, disembark at Sturt Street (also stop 17).


  • Street parking is very limited close to Federation Hall, but there are many secure car parks within walking distance.  Most street parking spaces have either a 2 or 3 hour limit between 7.30am and 6.30pm, Monday – Friday and 8.30am – 12.30pm on Saturdays, at a cost of $3.20 per hour.

Getting to Federation Hall from tram stop 17 on St Kilda Road (a 100m walk)

Do I have to participate in both components? 

Participants are free to withdraw from the Music and Craving Study at any time, with no explanation, and no adverse consequence. Your participation, however, will only contribute to our final research findings should you complete both online and in-person components of the study. 

What should I bring to the in-person component?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water along on the day. Apart from that, simply bring yourself.

Can I reschedule my time for the in-person component?

We completely understand that, sometimes, life happens. Should unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending your nominated in-person component time, simply use the button functions at the end of the original scheduling email to reschedule or cancel your time. Can't find the email? No worries. Let Kiralee know by clicking here.

I don't love electronic dance music. Should I still participate?

It is not necessary to love electronic dance music to participate in the Music and Craving Study. So long as you do not dislike electronic dance music, you are welcome to come along. Unsure whether you dislike electronic dance music? Here's an example:


Where can I learn more?

Our radio interviews with Hack on Triple J and ABC Radio Melbourne's breakfast show, as well as our media release, can be found here.

Can I download a copy of the Plain Language Statement and Debriefing Statement?

Absolutely you can:

How can I keep up to date with the Music and Craving Study?

To keep up to date, you can like our Facebook event page or subscribe to receive email updates:

I am aged over 40. Why can't I participate?

Our restricted age range is to eliminate the bias of potential hearing changes as folks move into their 40s. While these changes are often small, there is a possibility that they might skew our findings. As such, we are unable to accept participants over the age of 40.

I have another question. How do I get in touch?

To get in touch with Kiralee, please click here.