Music therapy – Glossary


A statistical technique used to estimate the sampling distribution of an estimator by resampling the data a large number of times.

Asking individuals to be part of any study requires obtaining their informed consent. There are ethical and legal requirements for obtaining consent in an appropriate way. Participants must be given information about the purpose, methods, demands, risks, inconveniences, discomforts, and possible outcomes of the research. This information must be presented in a way that is easy to understand. An individual’s choice to participate is voluntary. The National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), for example, has guidelines about the ethical conduct of research with humans.

Here is Anne’s Consent Form.

Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)

A scale that is used to obtain a subjective measurement of some characteristic, as a continuous variable. It is usually presented as a continuous line with labelled endpoints. People are asked to mark a point on the line to represent where they think they fall. Sometimes intervals along the line are numbered. The example below shows a VAS for rating how much pain you are in.