MEAMCentral is a research project at the University of California, Davis.
- If you choose to use MEAMCentral, you are choosing to voluntarily participate in a research project that seeks to understand the relationships between music, memory, emotions, and the brain.
- Within MEAMCentral you can locate pieces of music, attach your memories and stories, and share them with others.
- Analyses of the information that you and other participants provide will help to further the scientific understanding of the connections between music, memories, and people at a societal level, and at the neural level in the brains of individuals.
- You may participate as often or seldom as you like, for as long as you like. There is no minimum or maximum duration of participation.
- You may refuse to participate or stop participating at any time with no penalty or loss. Any memories you have entered will remain accessible to you.
- We may contact you via email from time to time to inform you about updates to MEAMCentral and related research opportunities.
How your information is stored and protected
- To use MEAMCentral you need to create an account by providing a username, a valid email address, and your year of birth.
- You control how any information you provide is shared.
- By default, any memories you save are considered private and are not visible to any other MEAMCentral users. However, you may choose to share a memory with all users, or with specific people. You can also change your mind and not submit a memory at all.
- In the course of analyzing the data for research purposes, MEAMCentral researchers may view private memories, but without access to your identifying information.
- Neither your username nor your email address are ever attached to a memory when it is stored in the database.
- Your account information is associated with a unique ID and stored on a server that is separate from the database that contains the music and memory information.
- Communication between the servers and between your browser is encrypted.
- The information is stored indefinitely.
- Sometimes you might hear music you dislike or that brings back bad memories, but you can skip right over that music.
- If you allow information about your past to be shared, it might be seen by people who you don't want to see it. In extreme cases they might even use it against you. You control what you share - if you don't want someone else to read it, don't share it.
- Detailed descriptions you provide and share publicly may allow someone to guess who you are. Only provide details that don't compromise your privacy if that matters to you.
Some ways in which you might benefit from using MEAMCentral
- find shared experiences with others through music
- create a "music memory scrapbook" – a "meamoir"
- hear music you want to hear using MEAMCentral's personalized music recommendations
- let music stimulate your memories and emotions