Ethics – Human Case Study (2009) - The Musical Memory

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Description of the Project

The effects of music on the human memory were tested using the music of J.S. Bach. Various aspects of music such as tonality and harmonic structure were investigated when looking for what in music may be the leading cause to retaining more information.

The results only were assessed and results did not contain any other personal information other than the individuals age, grade and gender. which were only used when calculating results . Participants in this experiment were not later consulted about the experiment.

Advice or Ruling

This project falls within the definition of a low risk project involving human participation.
Form 4.1A has been signed.

The survey used was not supplied.

The consent of the human participants is implied by their agreement to fill in the survey.

The Youth Science Canada Ethics Committee accepts the judgement of the Regional Science Fair Committee and approves this project for presentation at the CWSF.

Your Project

If your proposed science fair project involves the participation of humans or the use of animals,

Visit the Ethics web page so as to become familiar with the policies.
Fill in the Request for Advice or a Ruling.
Submit it to the Ethics Committee of your Regional Science Fair.


These case studies summarize interesting examples of science fair projects involving humans or animals submitted to the Youth Science Canada National Ethics Committee for review. A brief description of the proposed project is given, along with the ruling given by the Ethics Committee. Some details may have been changed in the descriptions so that the original source cannot be identified. The ethical challenges described have not been changed.