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Auditory-Visual study

An opportunity to take part in a study investigating how our hearing and vision interact as we age.

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We know from everyday experience that our senses of hearing and vision interact and this helps us to make more sense of sights and sounds. We are looking for volunteers to participate in an experiment that examines whether such interactions change as we age.

Volunteer Criteria

You must be aged over 30 to take part.

Participants should have normal vision (including people who wear spectacles or contact lenses) and not have any ear problems or appreciable hearing loss, i.e. not wear a hearing aid.

What will I be asked to do?

You will asked to attend the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University. First you will be given a simple hearing test. This involves listening to sounds of different loudnesses.

In the experiment, participants will wear headphones and sit facing a computer screen. You will be presented with several pairs of sounds and be asked to respond using a keyboard whether the two sounds are the same or different to each other. In some cases, shapes that change size on the screen will accompany the sounds. The experiment itself lasts about 1 hour including breaks. The whole visit will require about 1hr 45 min.

When and where?

The project takes place in the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Framlington Place, NE2 4HH

Appointments will be arranged between the researcher and the participant for a date between 28th January - 1st March.

Will I get anything for taking part?

A gift of £10 will be given to the participants for their contribution.


  • Institute of Neuroscience
  • Framlington Place, Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE2 4HH

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