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Groove Questionnaire (Instrument development, phase III)


Requirements: Computer or tablet with headphones or external loudspeakers, quiet environment (smartphone is possible, but tedious)

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What is this survey about? 

We are a research group at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland) working in music performance science and music psychology. Our main research focus is the concept of "groove." In accordance with relevant studies in music psychology, we understand groove as listeners’ pleasurable urge to synchronize body movement with music. 

Currently, we are developing a short, valid, and reliable questionnaire for measuring the intensity of listeners’ groove experience.

In phases I and II, we collected 22 candidate statements (items) for this new questionnaire and carried out a pilot experiment in order to select six items that seem to best capture the groove experience. In the current phase (III), we validate the consistency of the six-item questionnaire and test a new method to measure participants’ feedback.


What happens during this survey?

We will first ask you to answer a few questions about you and your interaction with music. We will then present a sequence of eight music clips from different styles. You should listen to the music examples using headphones or external loudspeakers. We ask you to express how much you agree with 6 statements in response to the music. It is likely that you will consider some of the music to be annoying, boring, or ungroovy. Completing the survey takes between 10 and 15 minutes.


What happens to the information you give us?

All information we collect will be treated as strictly confidential. We will use the data to create the “Groove Questionnaire” and to answer specific scientific questions. The data will also inform scholarly publications and presentations.

Many thanks for your participation!

Olivier Senn, Lorenz Kilchenmann, Toni Bechtold, Florian Hoesl
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts



Toni Amadeus Bechtold, Hochschule Luzern – 2018