Emotional Prosody in MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy


This study seeks to use a psychophysiological assessment of emotional expression using acoustic properties of voice (pitch, volume, etc). Evidence suggests that MDMA (ecstasy) can facilitate the expression of emotions. We seek to validate these findings by examining acoustic properties of vocal expression to see whether expressed emotion changes over the course of therapy, in response to various levels of MDMA dosage. Students interested in this project should have some understanding and/or an eagerness to learn about the physical properties of sound, audio analysis, and audio editing. Having a tech background or basic knowledge of acoustics is a plus. These are not prerequisites to participation in this research. 


1 hour per week.