Universality of Lullabies

A study by Benjamin D. Rieger (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

and Dr. Merle Fairhurst (Universität der Bundeswehr München)


In this study, we want to investigate the universality of lullabies and, importantly, we want to see if the way we sing to our children to soothe and relax them overlaps with how we do so through touch and gentle stroking. Our key question is whether the speed of gentle stroking aligns with the tempo of lullabies regardless of language and culture. Help us learn about how we use music to interact with others!


Be part of it!

WHY? Help us learn about how we use music to interact with others

WHAT? You will be asked to sing or hum into your microphone a lullaby, a love song and one other song you might listen to, to help you to fall asleep. We will then ask you a few (optional) questions about yourself.

HOW LONG? About 5 minutes

PRIVACY NOTICE: Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any given moment without further consequences. All data collected and all results will only be analyzed at the group level for publications in scientific journals. The study has been reviewed for compliance with ethical research standards and approved by the Bundeswehr University. Only investigators directly involved with the study will have access to the collected data, which will be treated as strictly confidential and handled in accordance with the GDPR. To our knowledge, there are no risks involved in participating in this task. If you are interested in hearing more about our research or have questions or concerns, please contact us on: merle.fairhurst@unibw.de