Researchers in various studies looking for participants

August 21, 2014  

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

Study investigating the use of a Wii Balance Board to measure balance ability in infants

Infants between 7 and 8 months of age who are independently sitting are needed for a study investigating the validity of the Wii Balance Board for measuring balance abilities in infants. 

Research has shown that the Wii Balance Board is a valid and reliable method for measuring balance abilities in children and adults. However, it is unknown if the same can be said for infants as they are significantly smaller and weigh less than children and adults. 

Researchers will measure infants' balance while they are sitting on both a Wii Balance Board and on a force plate (the standard way to measure balance in infants) in order to assess whether or not the Wii Balance Board is as accurate as the force plate. If the Wii Balance Board is a valid measure of balance in infants, it has the potential to be used in the future to help clinicians diagnose infants with motor problems due to its affordability and portability.

The project consists of one 30-minute session at the Life-Span Motor Development Lab in Lambert Hall. Infants must be capable of sitting independently (without any support) for a brief period of time. Participants will receive an infant-sized T-shirt for participating.

To participate or for more information, contact Laura Claxton, associate professor of health and kinesiology, at 49-62293 or


Study on the way people process information

Healthy adults age 18 and older with English as their native language are needed for a psychology research study to learn about the way people process information. 

Participants may learn a little about the way humans process information in attention-demanding tasks. Participants will be paid $7.25 for each hour of participation, even if they terminate before completing the entire study.

The experiment will have three one-hour sessions. At the first session, participants will be asked if any of the following apply:  They take prescription psychoactive medication, take illicit drugs, have known sleep disorders, have habitual sleep onset after 2 a.m., have habitual sleep duration of less than six hours, habitually nap during the day, or have known neurologic, or psychiatric disorders. Participants will not be asked which particular items apply. Participants will not be eligible to participate in later sessions if any items apply. 

Data provided by individuals is confidential. The University Business Office will document names and Social Security numbers of participants. Thus, the fact that someone participated in the study is subject to the Open Records Act.

All human activities involve some risk. In this study, the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort are anticipated to be no greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during performance of routine physical or psychological tests. 

Those interested in participating should contact Richard Schweickert, principal investigator, at or 49-47986. 


Study to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain

English- and Chinese-speaking adults with normal hearing are needed for an experimental study to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain.

Subjects will participate in a minimum of two 2-hour research sessions. Subjects will be asked to fill out forms before the actual experiment. The experimental procedure consists of recording electrical activity from the brain (using EEG-type electrodes attached to the head) in response to various sounds presented through headphones at comfortable listening levels. The subject's task is to lie back and relax on a recliner situated in a sound-treated booth.

There will be about 40 subjects in the study. All research will be performed in the Auditory Electrophysiology Laboratory, Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3043.

Participation in the study is voluntary. Participants who withdraw from the study before completion will receive compensation pro-rated based on amount of time completed. Payment will be given to subjects in the form of cash at the end of each session.

All subjects must be ages 20-35, right-handed, have no history of brain injury or psychiatric problems, and have normal hearing sensitivity by self-report.

Chinese subjects must be native speakers of Mandarin from mainland China, have received formal instruction in English no earlier than age 9, and have no more than three years of music training on any combination of instruments.

English-speaking subjects must be native English speakers from the United States, must have no familiarity with spoken Chinese or any other tone language and have no more than three years of music training on any combination of instruments.

To participate, contact Breanne Lawler at


Purdue Libraries seeking participants for user testing

Purdue University Libraries is conducting user evaluation for the library website ( In the evaluation, participants will be asked to complete a set of testing tasks with the website and provide feedback. The evaluation is expected to take up to one hour. Participants will receive $10 if they complete the evaluation.

Participants must be currently enrolled students, staff or faculty at Purdue and have experience with using Purdue University Libraries website or other academic search websites.

Contact Tao Zhang at to schedule an evaluation time.


Study on how brain combines sight and sound

Children ages 7-11 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.

Natalya Kaganovich, assistant professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences and psychological sciences, is studying how the brain’s ability to combine auditory and visual information develops in childhood and how it may be impaired in speech/language disorders.

Children will participate in five research sessions, 1.5 to 3 hours each. Participants will first take a series of standardized tests that will evaluate working memory, nonverbal intelligence, and language skills. 

Children will then participate in two brain-wave recordings during which their brain activity to audiovisual speech will be collected. Brain-wave recording sessions are structured as games. Brain waves will be collected with the help of a special cap with built-in electrodes (similar to EEG recordings). There is no discomfort involved, and the method has been safely used with infants, children and adults. 

To participate, children must be 7-11 years old; typically developing; right-handed native speakers of American English; and free of speech, language, hearing/vision or neurological disorders and conditions such as autism/Asperger’s, head injuries, seizures, brain tumors, cerebral palsy, ADHD, stuttering and depression; and should not be currently on medications that may affect brain activity (e.g., medications to control ADHD, seizures or depression).

Children will be compensated $10 per hour and will receive a small toy (worth approximately $5) at the end of each session. Parents also will be paid $10 per session.

To participate, contact Jennifer Schumaker at, or call 49-44445 and leave your contact information.


Study on being marginalized by family

Adults ages 25-35 who have at least one sibling and who feel like the "black sheep" of their family are needed for a study on family relationships.

In some societies, marginalized family members are called "black sheep" because they stand out from the rest of the group. Being marginalized refers to feeling different, not included, or not approved of by family. Everyone feels marginalized by family at one time or another, but participants must have been made to feel this way by multiple family members from their family of origin (the family they grew up with) and have felt this way for at least one year at any point during the past 10 years.

Participants will complete a short survey and a 45- to 60-minute in-person or Skype interview. Participants will be compensated for their time with a $10 gift card. Participation is voluntary and confidential.

For more information or to sign up to participate, contact Elizabeth Dorrance Hall in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at or 269-370-7454.


27-to-30-month-old girls needed for language development study

Girls who have normal hearing and are between 27 to 30 months old are needed for a language development study.

Each parent and child will participate in a single 60- to 90-minute session. It will include 20 minutes of playtime between parent and child. Parents will then answer a questionnaire about words their children can say, and they will be interviewed about their child's development. Children will receive a free hearing screening during the session.

Parents will receive $20, and each child will receive a small toy or gift certificate for participation.

Those interested should contact Jongmin Jung at or 49-62250.


Study on walking behaviors

Researchers at Purdue are conducting a study of walking behaviors.

At baseline, six months and 12 months, researchers will ask participants to complete three online surveys. The surveys will take 10-15 minutes to complete, and participants will be asked to complete the surveys within one week of receiving them.

Adults who do not regularly walk for exercise or physical activity, but who speak English, have regular use of email and can tolerate 30 minutes of walking, are eligible to participate.

The study begins in September. For more information, contact Libby Richards at


Study about men's experiences after miscarriage

Men whose partners have suffered a miscarriage are invited to share their experiences with researchers in a private interview.

The interviews will take place at Purdue and will last 60-90 minutes. The study is intended to increase public awareness of men's experiences after miscarriage, give men a voice in such research and aid health care and mental health professionals in providing effective services to men.

Participants can choose to receive a $10 gift card or donate that amount to March of Dimes.

For more information, contact Stephanie Rose at 937-532-4914 or


Dog owner heart health promotion study

Researchers are conducting a 12-month study of the health benefits of dog ownership.

Adult dog owners who do not regularly walk their dog, but who speak English, have regular use of email, and own a non-aggressive dog at least 6 months old whose height is at least 14 inches, are eligible to participate. Owners and dogs should be able to tolerate 30 minutes of walking.

At baseline and 12 months, participants will be asked to schedule a 30-minute visit on campus with their dog. During these two visits, a small urine sample will be collected from the dogs. Also at these visits, the dog owner will receive a free health screening including basic labs; blood will be obtained from a small finger stick. Participants will need to fast for eight hours before these labs. Participants also will complete three online surveys. The study will start in September.

Participants will receive $35 for each visit plus $10 for completing questionnaires.

For more information, contact Chris Rearick at

The study is being conducted by Libby Richards, School of Nursing, and Niwako Ogata, College of Veterinary Medicine.


Study on how teachers use their voice during prolonged vocal activity

Teachers and student teachers ages 22 to 55 are needed for a study on how teachers use their voice during prolonged vocal activity. Participants must be in good health and have no hearing problems.

The study is composed of two sessions, which are conducted at the Speech Physiology Lab in Heavilon Hall. Session 1 is 20-30 minutes and includes screening procedures to make sure the participant qualifies for the second session. Session 2, which would be scheduled one to three days later, is two to two and a half hours long and includes performing various speaking tasks.

Participants will be paid $40 after the completion of session 2. If interested, contact the Speech Physiology Lab 49-46488.


Study on 4- and 5-year-olds who stutter

Children who stutter (repeat sounds and syllables) and who are 4 or 5 years old are needed for a study examining persistence and recovery from stuttering. Children must speak English and have normal hearing and cognitive skills.

Families will receive a free assessment of their child's speech, language and hearing abilities, plus a written report. Participants will attend five 90-minute testing sessions, and the child will receive a toy after each session. 

Families of eligible children will receive $100 in compensation at the conclusion of the testing sessions ($200 if they live more than 60 miles from Purdue).

Principal investigators are Anne Smith and Christine Weber-Fox, professors in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. For more information, contact Barbara Brown at or 49-66403.


Study on the impact of drinking common beverages with breakfast on blood glucose and insulin levels

Participants with or without Type 2 diabetes are being sought to participate in a study that will look at how drinking different common beverages (milk, low-fat milk, nonfat milk, orange juice, coffee and water) with a meal changes blood sugar and insulin levels after eating.

Participants will come to Purdue Clinical Research Center on six mornings separated by at least one week. On each of the mornings, participants will consume a breakfast with one cup of a beverage. Blood samples will be taken before and every 30 minutes after eating for four hours to test blood sugar and insulin levels from an IV line. Each test day will last about five hours.

Measurements include calories and nutrients in the participant's diet, weight/height/lean tissue, and blood glucose and insulin levels. Participants will receive $500 for completing the study.

Men and women ages 35 to 65 who are overweight, nonsmoking, not pregnant and interested in participating in this study should contact Jia Li at or 49-41706 for more information.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science.


Study of developmental trajectories in infants at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Developmental Studies Laboratory is conducting a study of developmental trajectories in infants at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Laboratory visits include several play-based tasks at 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, and 30 months of age. After each visit, families receive up to $50 compensation and a report detailing their child's developmental progress, including information on his/her language, motor, and social skills.

To be eligible, infant siblings must be between 5 and 19 months of age, and have an older sibling who currently has an ASD diagnosis or an older sibling who is typically developing. This research aims to assist early identification and treatment for children with ASD.

All inquiries should be directed to Developmental Studies Laboratory at 49-46610 or


Almonds and weight management study 

Participants are needed by the Department of Nutrition Science to study the role of almonds in weight management.

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

Men and women ages 18-60, overweight but generally in good health, who have no nut allergies and who are interested in participating in this study should contact Jaapna at Participants may earn up to $200 upon completion of the study.

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