Eligibility: non-identical twins same-sex 18+ years of age. 

Many studies have shown that singing is good for us. By understanding the genetic and environmental influences on singing, the researchers hope to help everyone (twins and non-twins; young and old; good singers and… the not-so-good singers) maximise their singing potential and enjoy more of singing’s numerous benefits. Funded by the Australian Research Council, a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University of Montreal are conducting the world's largest twin study on singing ability.

What is involved?

You will be provided a web link to:

  • answer some questions about yourself;
  • complete interactive singing and music activities;
  • then answer some questions about your singing and musical background.

The study is completely online and you can participate using your computer or mobile device. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete (with the option of saving one’s progress and resuming later). There is a chance to win $1,000 worth of gift cards if both twins complete the entire study before the 26th of April 2019.

Who is eligible?

Identical and non-identical same sex twins, aged 15 years and above. You do not have to be a good singer, just be willing to sing happy birthday and a few other tunes.

Would you like to get involved?

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No new invitations are being sent for this study but it’s not too late to respond if you already have one.

The Pilot Study (May 2013 - March 2015):

A huge thank you to all of the twins who participated in the pilot study. The promising findings from this pilot study helped the research team secure research funding from the Australian Research Council to conduct a large twin study on singing ability, which aims to recruit 1,500 twins pairs altogether. The researchers have made adjustments to the pilot study and welcome all twins who participated in the pilot study to also participate in this study. The twin study on singing ability was the first study shown in the 2017 ABC Catalyst episode "It's a Twin Thing", you can watch the episode here: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4756426.htm.

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