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Discussion and improvement of the musical Skills Battery: research internship abroad for the postdoctoral project Influences of Musical Perception and Production Difficulties on Working Memory for Melodies (nº 2012/13973-4)

Grant number: 13/01181-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2013
Effective date (End): November 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Cognitive Psychology
Principal Investigator:Maria Gabriela Menezes de Oliveira
Grantee:Mariana Elisa Benassi Werke
Supervisor: Sarah Hawkins
Host Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Cambridge, England  
Associated to the scholarship:12/13973-4 - Influences of musical perception and production on working memory for melodies, BP.PD


This project is about a research internship abroad step foreseen in the postdoctoral project nº 2012/13973-4 approved by Fapesp. In the postdoctoral project we will carry out batteries of musical perception (Montreal Battery of Evaluation of Amusia - MBEA) and vocal production (Musical Skills Battery - MSB) and those measures will be taken into account for the analysis of tonal short-term memory. Vocal production is an aspect that will require more attention since it is at the frontier of knowledge. Furthermore, the utilization of MSB is unprecedented in Brazil. For this reason, the aim of this project is to conduct a research internship at the Faculty of Music of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge - UK, in collaboration with the researcher Dr. Karen Wise, creator of MSB, under supervision of Professor Dr. Sarah Hawkins, from early August to late November of 2013, to discuss the data and method of MSB utilized in the postdoctoral pilot experiment. During the internship the candidate will participate of working meetings with both British researchers for presenting the work already done in Brazil; discussion of method, analysis and results; reading and discussion of related articles. Evaluation of results will be held jointly with both British researchers through qualitative and descriptive analysis of collected measures. From that analysis we will propose improvements to the method to be applied in the main experiment. (AU)

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