Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 662–672 | Cite as

The Montreal Protocol for Identification of Amusia

  • D. T. Vuvan
  • S. Paquette
  • G. Mignault Goulet
  • I. Royal
  • M. Felezeu
  • I. Peretz


The Montreal Battery for the Evaluation of Amusia (MBEA; Peretz, Champod, & Hyde Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 999, 58–75, 2003) is an empirically grounded quantitative tool that is widely used to identify individuals with congenital amusia. The use of such a standardized measure ensures that the individuals tested will conform to a specific neuropsychological profile, allowing for comparisons across studies and research groups. Recently, a number of researchers have published credible critiques of the usefulness of the MBEA as a diagnostic tool for amusia. Here we argue that the MBEA and its online counterpart, the AMUSIA tests (Peretz et al. Music Perception, 25, 331–343, 2008), should be considered steps in a screening process for amusia, rather than standalone diagnostic tools. The goal of this article is to present, in detailed and easily replicable format, the full protocol through which congenital amusics should be identified. In providing information that has often gone unreported in published articles, we aim to clarify the strengths and limitations of the MBEA and to make recommendations for its continued use by the research community as part of the Montreal Protocol for Identification of Amusia.


Amusia MBEA Accuracy d-Prime Standardized protocol Diagnosis 


Author note

The authors thank Nathalie Gosselin and Marina Dallongeville for their help with data collection, Joël Paquette and Marielle Saucier for their help with data processing, Peer Herholz for his work digitizing the MBEA, and our dedicated participants, without whom this research would not have been possible. This research was financially supported by a grant from the Canada Research Chair program to I.P., a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to I.P., a grant from Fonds de Recherche Nature et Technologies Quebec to D.T.V., and grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to I.P., S.P., and G.M.G.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. T. Vuvan
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Paquette
    • 2
    • 3
  • G. Mignault Goulet
    • 2
    • 4
  • I. Royal
    • 2
    • 4
  • M. Felezeu
    • 2
    • 4
  • I. Peretz
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentSkidmore CollegeSaratoga SpringsUSA
  2. 2.International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound ResearchMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MontrealMontrealCanada

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