Azimuth Performance Lab seeking 40 Volunteers to study the effects of Voice and Speech Training on the Brain

ARE YOU A PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED ACTOR/MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMER? EVER WONDER WHAT ALL THE STUFF YOU DO TO TRAIN YOUR VOICE DOES TO YOUR BRAIN?

We are very excited to partner our Azimuth Theatre Performance Lab Group with Shannon Blanchet‘s new study. Deadline to apply is Oct. 6, 2018.

We are looking for 40 volunteers to participate in a study investigating the effects of Voice and Speech Training on the brain.

All Participants must:
• Be healthy adults over the age of 18
• Have completed a minimum of one year of post-secondary professional actor training since 1990
• Have a minimum of 100 hours of formal Voice and Speech training in their lifetime
• Have normal hearing and normal to corrected vision
• Commit to participate in 2 Electroencephalography sessions at the Attention and Action lab at the University of Alberta. Once between October 17th-29th and once between November 25th-December 17th.

In exchange for your participation all participants will receive:
• A $5 Starbucks gift card each time you visit the Attention and Action lab
• A 90-minute group voice workshop after the completion of the study in appreciation of your time
20 participants:
• Should be willing and able to attend a minimum of six complimentary voice-focused Professional Development sessions through Azimuth’s Performance Lab between October 7th and December 2nd (Sundays from 11:00am-12:30pm). These participants will receive complimentary admission to Azimuth Performance Lab for the duration of the study.

Your participation in the study will help to illuminate if and how Voice and Speech training influences our brains. Shannon’s goal is to understand the collateral benefits that voice training has to offer beyond the stage while helping performers expand their vocal capacity and creativity in performance. While participation in the professional development sessions will not be anonymous, survey and EEG test results are anonymous and confidential.
If you’d like to find out more information on how to participate, please contact the research team by email at mindfulvoicestudy@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Potential Study Subject’. Please be in touch by October 6, 2018.

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The plan for this study has been reviewed by a Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta. If you have questions about your rights or how research should be conducted, you can call (780) 492-2615. This office is independent of the researchers.

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