May 25, 2017

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

Here is a list of research studies that currently are looking for participants.

 

Kids and adults needed for a study on brain activity during speech

Bridget Walsh, research scientist in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, is interested in how areas of the brain are active when people talk. Children and adults are needed to participate in one two-hour session in a lab in Lyles-Porter Hall.

A newer, safe neuroimaging technique that records brain activity at the surface of the head will be used while the participant views and describes what is going on in different picture scenes.

To participate, children must be 7-12 years old and adults must be 20-35 years old. Participants must be native speakers of American English and have no neurological, learning, developmental, speech/language, or hearing disorders. Participants also must not be taking medication that would be expected to affect brain activity (e.g., for depression, ADHD, etc.).

Each participant will be compensated $20 for their participation. Parking is free and located in the Harrison Street Garage, attached to Lyles-Porter Hall.

For more information, contact Walsh at bridget@purdue.edu or 765-496-0151, and be sure to leave your contact information. IRB#: 0507002850.

S.M.A.R.T. (Swallowing Muscle Activation Recorded via Telehealth) sensors study

Researchers are recruiting adults ages 50 to 85 with and without swallowing difficulties (i.e., dysphagia) to participate in a study.

This study requires two visits (approximately 60 minutes each) to the laboratory. Participants will be compensated $30 for their participation ($10 for the first visit and $20 for the second visit).

This study will take place in Lyles-Porter Hall. Free parking will be offered to all participants in the parking garage adjoining the building.

For more information, contact Cagla Kantarcigil, PhD student, at 765-496-0207 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu with Sensors Study in the subject line. IRB: 1605017777.

Study on the effects of protein quantity on sleep quality

Researchers are looking for men and women who would like to volunteer for a research study that will look at how protein intake influences changes in sleep quality during weight loss.

For this 14-week study, volunteers will come to the Purdue Clinical Research Center for four, one-hour testing days. Testing days will include measures of body composition, clinical health measures and sleep quality. During the study, all foods will be provided to participants.

Participants will receive $400 for completing the study.

Interested subjects should be age 35 to 65 who are overweight, in general good health, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. If you are interested in participating in this study mention the “protein and sleep study” and contact Josh Hudson at hudson67@purdue.edu or Jan Green at 765-494-7660 for more information.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: 1701018623.

Study investigating effects of heat therapy on skeletal muscle

Healthy young adults are being sought for a research study evaluating the effects of repeated leg heating on skeletal muscle structure and function.

Participants are eligible if they:

*Are age 18-35.
* Are non-obese and do not smoke.
* Do not take any dietary supplements and medications (except for birth control).
* Do not participate in any kind of supervised physical activity or exercise for more than three days a week.

Participants will undergo eight weeks of heat treatment (five days per week for 90 minutes a day). Skeletal muscle biopsies will be taken before and four weeks and eight weeks after heat treatment.

Participants will be paid $800 for completing the study. For more information, contact Kyoungrae Kim at kim2068@purdue.edu IRB#:1604017606.

Participants for a study of aging and speech perception in accent and noise (Group 2)

Individuals ages 36-55 are needed to participate in a study on listening to accented speech and speech in noise. Participants must be native speakers of North American English and nonsmokers, with no history of hearing impairment, diabetes, heart attack or stroke, and no speech, language, reading, cognitive, or neurological disorders. 

Participants will be paid $12 per hour for two sessions, each approximately two and a half hours long (maximum of five hours in all). This study is being conducted in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. For more information, contact Alexander Francis at francisa@purdue.edu or call the SPACE Lab at 765-494-6710. IRB#: 1603017448. 

Participants for a study of aging and speech perception in accent and noise (Group 3)

Individuals ages 56-75 are needed to participate in a study on listening to accented speech and speech in noise. Participants must be native speakers of North American English and nonsmokers, with no history of hearing impairment, diabetes, heart attack or stroke, and no speech, language, reading, cognitive, or neurological disorders. 

Participants will be paid $12 per hour for two sessions, each approximately two and a half hours long (maximum of five hours in all). This study is being conducted in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. For more information, contact Alexander Francis at francisa@purdue.edu or call the SPACE Lab at 765-494-6710. IRB#: 1603017448.

Evaluating physical ergonomics of mid-air docking tasks

Participants are needed for a study to evaluate cumulative arm fatigue in using gesture-based mid-air interfaces.

Anyone who does not have any known musculoskeletal or neural disorder can participate in this study. Individuals must be age 18 or older to participate in the study.

The user study sessions will last about 90-100 minutes. Participants will receive a compensation of $15 for successfully completing the experiments.

To participate or for more information, contact Ana Villanueva (villana@purdue.edu). IRB#: 1605017672. 

Language study in healthy older adults and individuals with aphasia

Researchers conducting a study on sentence production are looking for individuals who are either 1) a person with aphasia following a stroke or 2) a person over 60 years of age who does not have aphasia, speaks only English, and has normal hearing and vision.

Participants will be asked to attend two sessions within a two-week period, each lasting approximately two hours. During the sessions, they will complete tasks involving eye-tracking as well as assessments of language and cognition. They will receive $20 per session.

Those who are interested in learning more or participating can contact the Purdue Aphasia lab at 765-496-0216 or aphasia@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1406014987.

For more information, contact Purdue’s Developmental Studies Laboratory at 765-494-6610 or ajlab@purdue.edu. IRB #: 1701018676 

Hard-of-hearing people sought for study

Individuals age 18 and older who either wear a hearing aid or have been told they need one are needed for a study investigating a novel approach to improve speech understanding using hearing aids. The study is being conducted by the Experimental Amplification Research (EAR) Laboratory at Purdue. 

Participants will be paid $15 an hour for several one- or two-hour sessions.

The principal investigator is Joshua Alexander, assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

Email PurdueEARlab@gmail.com or visit http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~alexan14/Info.html for more information. IRB#: 1406014978.

Study evaluating role of exercise in development of tendon pain

Purdue researchers in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are seeking men and women ages 21-60 to participate in a study evaluating the role of exercise in the development of tendon pain.

Researchers are seeking participants with diagnosed Achilles tendinosis/tendinitis with current pain in one Achilles tendon.

Participants should be in good physical health, nonsmokers and nondiabetic.

For more information, contact Shivam Patel at patel713@purdue.edu. IRB#:1610018353. 

Study investigating walking stability when infants and toddlers carry toys 

Newly walking infants and toddlers (with approximately one year of walking experience) are needed for a study investigating walking stability. Research has shown that infants holding toys in a standing task show an increase in standing stability. Researchers are interested in whether the same is true when infants/toddlers are walking while carrying toys.

Infants and toddlers will engage in a 20-minute free-play session with toys of different sizes and weights and then will be encouraged to walk down a straight pathway carrying toys of different sizes and weights. To measure walking characteristics (e.g., walking speed, step length, step width), children will wear reflective markers on their ankles, so that we can capture their movements using specialized motion capture cameras. 

The project consists of a 40- to 45-minute session at the Life-Span Motor Development Lab located in Lambert Fieldhouse. Newly walking infants (ages 13-14 months) must be capable of walking independently (without any support) for at least 10 consecutive steps. Researchers are also recruiting toddlers (around 24 months) who have been walking for about a year.  Children will receive a Motor Development Lab T-shirt, and parents will receive $5 for travel costs.

Contact Laura Claxton, associate professor of health and kinesiology, at 765-496-2293 or ljclaxton@purdue.edu if you are interested in having your child participate or would like more information. IRB#: 1608018080. 

Summer research: Word learning study for children with speech-language delays

The Child Language Lab is looking for 4- and 5-year-old children with language delay for a summer research program in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The program will run 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday for four weeks (June 13 through July 6) at Lyles-Porter Hall. 

Each day, the children will receive one hour of language therapy from clinical supervisors and students, spend one-half hour doing activities such as snack and play, and participate in research activities for a total of one hour. Researchers will investigate how children learn new words.

There are approximately 14 sessions: 1-2 initial testing sessions and 12 research sessions during the summer program. Families are compensated $10 for each of these sessions; children receive a small toy at each visit. There is no compensation for the child's participation in the therapy and play activities (and no fee is charged).

Researchers are scheduling eligibility testing now and will continue through April. For more information, contact Pat Deevy at 765-496-1821 or deevy@purdue.edu, or visit https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/slhs/research/labs/child_language/what_we_offer.html. IRB#: 1603017480.  

Study on bariatric gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery and risk of iron deficiency

Nana Gletsu-Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Science, and her research team are recruiting women who have had bariatric gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery in order to determine the risk of having iron deficiency. 

Participants will have a study visit at the Purdue Clinical Research Laboratories, where a blood draw will be taken for measurement of iron status. 

Women ages 18 to 50 who have had gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy are eligible. Compensation is $30.

To participate, contact Meghan Cusack at mcusack@purdue.edu or 765-494-1860. IRB#: 1410015305. 

Study on beverage consumption and fine motor control

Participants are being sought for a study evaluating the effect of beverage consumption on fine motor control.

Participants will consume beverages for 12 weeks, taking measurements every other week to assess change over time. Participants must be willing to consume up to 1.8 liters of non-carbonated beverages daily to participate in this study. Participants will be compensated $300.

Participants must be age 18-60, overweight but otherwise healthy and non-users of diet beverages for more than six months.

The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science.

For more information, contact Kelly at beveragestudy@purdue.edu or visit https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_brRtvVSGSlL52br

Mother/father/toddler study

Researchers in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University are seeking two-parent families with children between the ages of 24 and 36 months to participate in a study on family relationships.

Participation in the study includes two visits in your home, two visits at a park or playground of your choice, and one laboratory visit on Purdue's campus. In addition, each parent will answer some questionnaires about your family. Parents must be 18 years or older to be eligible to participate.

A payment of $20 per visit will be given to participating parents as appreciation for their time. For more information, contact Laura Anaya at familyinteractionslab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1505016087.


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