May 24, 2018

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

Study on how brain combines sight and sound

Children ages 8-12 and adults ages 18-40 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.

The study consists of one to three sessions, which are one to two hours long. Participants will be part of a brainwave recording, during which their brain activity to both speech and non-speech information 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, individuals must be right-handed native speakers of American English; 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).

Participants will be compensated $10 per hour. Children will also receive a small toy (worth approximately $5) at the end of each session. Parents will be paid $10 per session for bringing in their children.

To participate, contact Natalya Kaganovich at kaganovi@purdue.edu or call 765-494-4445 and leave your contact information. IRB #: 0909008484.

Study: Are there benefits to eating yogurt for breakfast?

Researchers are looking for participants for a study looking at possible benefits of eating yogurt for breakfast.

Researchers will provide different types of yogurts to participants to consume at home for breakfast. For each type of yogurt, participants will complete a four-hour testing day that measures feelings of appetite (hunger and fullness) and cognitive performance. Participants will be paid for completing all study procedures. 

For more information contact leidylab@purdue.edu and mention the Yogurt Study. IRB#: 1711019935.

Study investigating walking stability when infants and toddlers carry toys 

Newly walking infants and toddlers 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 researchers 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 in Lambert Hall. Newly walking infants (ages 13 months to 14 months) must be capable of walking independently (without any support) for at least 10 consecutive steps. Researchers are also recruiting toddlers (23.5 to 24.5 months). Children will receive a Motor Development Lab T-shirt, and parents will receive $5 for travel costs.

To participate or for more information, contact Laura Claxton, associate professor of health and kinesiology, at 765-496-2293 or ljclaxton@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1608018080. 

Research project investigating the relationship between cognitive and motor abilities in 2-year-olds

Children ages 2 years to 2 years and 11 months are needed for a project exploring the relationship between cognitive and motor abilities in children.

Many developmental disorders (e.g., autism, ADHD, developmental coordination disorder) are characterized by problems in both cognitive skills (e.g., problem-solving, working memory) and motor skills function (e.g., balancing, running). Researchers are investigating possible common central mechanisms involved in these two domains in typically developing children. The researchers hope that the findings from this research will lead to the development of intervention techniques such as motor skills training that will have the potential to improve cognitive skills in both special needs populations and typically developing children.

The parent and child will visit the Life-Span Motor Development Lab at Purdue for a 1-hour-and-15-minute session. The child will be asked to complete a few cognitive games (using memory and problem-solving skills) and a few motor skills games (using fine motor skills and balance abilities). For example, for one of the cognitive games, the child will be asked to sort objects based on their size. For one of the motor games, the child will be asked to build a tower out of blocks, and for another, the child will stand on a device that measures balance abilities. In addition, parents will complete two questionnaires during the test session. The child will receive a small gift as a token appreciation, and parents will receive $5 for completing the questionnaires.

To participate or for more information, contact Laura Claxton, associate professor of health and kinesiology, at 765-496-2293 or ljclaxton@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1703018889.

Maternal Context of Pregnancy Project

Women in the first trimester of pregnancy are needed for the Maternal Context of Pregnancy Project, which examines the relationships between experiences mothers may have during pregnancy and how those experiences might "get under the skin" and affect children's development.

Participation includes one online questionnaire and hair sample (to assess levels of hormones related to stress and pregnancy) once per trimester (at about 12, 26 and 38 weeks pregnant), and an online questionnaire and cheek swabs from mother and baby at six months postpartum. Around the time of delivery, with the help of participants' hospital, birth center or midwife, a small sample of blood from the mother and some samples of the placenta will be collected to examine changes in gene expression related to different kinds of experiences during pregnancy.

Participants are compensated $25 per assessment (a total of $100 for the whole study) as appreciation for their time.

For more information, contact Emily or Kristine at BDL@purdue.edu or on Facebook: the Biobehavioral Development Lab at Purdue. IRB#: 1704019124. 

Gambling study

Researchers at Purdue are recruiting men and women who gamble as participants for a study examining a range of behaviors and personality characteristics. 

Participation will include one in-person assessment lasting approximately 1-1.5 hours and a one-week period during which participants will complete six short (about 3 minutes each) assessments each day via their iPhone or Android phone. Participants will be compensated up to $65 upon completing the one-week follow-up period. 

For more information or to participate, contact Kate Collison at lynamlab@gmail.com. IRB#: 1503015876. 

Study of couples' paired walking

Couples age 50 and older who are in a committed relationship may be eligible to participate in a research study being conducted at Purdue. The purpose of the study is to examine married partners when they walk together vs. alone. This study requires the participation of both partners in a committed relationship.

Each partner will receive $25 for completion of this study.

For more information, email walk@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1804020459.

Study on third language acquisition

Individuals are needed to take part in a research study on third language acquisition.

Participants should have the following linguistic background:

* L1 (native speakers of) English, L2 Spanish, L3 Portuguese
* L1 (native speakers of) Spanish, L2 English, L3 Portuguese  

Participants will be compensated at a rate of $5 per 30 minutes ($20 per session). The research study involves reading words or simple sentences in Spanish or Portuguese from a computer screen into a microphone in a soundproof room. Some of the words will be nonce (made-up) words. Participants will be recorded (audio only) while reading these words.

Participants also will be asked to fill out a background questionnaire with questions regarding demographic information, linguistic background, and behaviors that might influence performance in the experiment.  

Questions, comments or concerns about this research project should be directed to Jessica L. Sturm at 765-496-9692 or jsturm@purdue.edu, or Daniela Ribeiro at 307-761-2908) or dmarinho@purdue.edu. To participate, contact Ribeiro. IRB#: 1710019765.

Sodium and fat quantification by MRI

This study aims to test and optimize a novel noninvasive method to quantify muscle sodium concentration and fat content by using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Sodium and fat levels in skeletal muscle can be used as a marker of several common diseases. Researchers aim to develop a method to quantify these levels accurately and noninvasively. Since sodium and fat levels are age-related, volunteers covering a wide range of age are needed for this development.

The researchers are looking for healthy boys and girls age 10-17. The researcher will take several MRI images of the left calf of the participant. Participants will be asked to come for one MRI exam, which takes about one hour. After the participants finish the one-time participation, they will receive $20 and their MRI images.

Those interested in participating or who would like more information should contact Ahmad Alhulail at aalhulai@purdue.edu or 765-494-0408.

The principal investigator is Ulrike Dydak, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences. IRB#: 1102010525.

Nutrition study on Mediterranean-style diets and health

Researchers are looking for men and women who would like to volunteer for a research study that assesses the effects of consuming Mediterranean diets varying in glycemic index on cardiometabolic health and well-being.

Participants will have all food provided to them throughout the intervention and will be compensated $600 for completion of all study procedures. If someone chooses to terminate participation prior to the end of the study, partial payment will be provided based on length of their participation.

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

Participants should be ages 30-69 with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 37, nonpregnant, nondiabetic, not participating in more than 3 hours of exercise per week, no history of cardiovascular disease, and weight stable (± 6.5 lbs in previous three months).

​For more information, contact Robert Bergia in the Department of Nutrition Science at rbergia@purdue.edu. Reference study S50 when responding. IRB#: 1610018310. 

Nutrition research study

Researchers are looking for men and women for a research study to determine how consumption of unprocessed red meat can influence gut health. Principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue.

Participants will be compensated $750 for completing the study. All study foods will be provided for six weeks (two three-week periods) at no cost.

Interested volunteers should be healthy men and women ages 20-35 with a body mass index (BMI) between 20 and 29.9, nonhypertensive, nondiabetic, nonpregnant or nonlactating, nonsmoking, and with no gastrointestinal disorders, GI surgeries or GI cancers.

Measurements taken during the study will include height, weight, blood pressure, blood samples, stool and urine samples.

For more information, contact Yu Wang in the Department of Nutrition Science at wang3651@purdue.edu. Reference study number S51 when responding. IRB#: 1709019738.

Swallowing and speech study for children with cerebral palsy

The I-EaT (Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing) Lab under the direction of Georgia Malandraki is looking for children age 7-12 with hemiplegic (unilateral) cerebral palsy to participate in a study with the overall goal of designing better treatments for speech and swallowing difficulties. 

Participants will receive speech, language and hearing testing, EMG recordings of muscle activity, and a free MRI of the brain.  All activities are child-friendly and can be completed in one, two, or three testing sessions, depending on parent preferences.   Families of eligible children will receive $80 at the conclusion of testing.

Testing sessions are conducted in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in Lyles Porter Hall and in the Purdue MRI facility, and can be scheduled at times convenient for participants and families. For more information, contact Barbara Brown at 765-496-6403 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1410015417.           

Weight loss and protein quantity on sleep quality

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

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. Participants will receive $400 for completing the study.

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

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

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

The Child Language Lab is looking for 4- to 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 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday for four weeks (June 12-July 5) 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 are investigating how children learn new words.

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

Eligibility testing now is now being scheduled 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 to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain

Chinese- and English-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 two-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. Subjects are compensated at $25/session.

All subjects must be 20-35 years old, be 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 Meredith Klinker at mklinke@purdue.edu. IRB#: 0506002731.

Nutrition and tendon health research study

Purdue researchers in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are seeking men and women ages 21-35 to participate in a study evaluating the effect of protein and exercise on tendon.

Participants should be in good physical health (nonsmokers, not diabetic, and not obese).

For more information, contact Peter Ferrandi at pferrand@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1704019133. 

Tolerance to milk with different types of protein

The Department of Nutrition Science is conducting a study comparing how people that are dairy intolerant tolerate drinking milks that contain different types of protein.

Participants must be healthy, nonsmoking, dairy intolerant males or females, ages 18-65, who are not allergic to milk, but have symptoms when they drink milk.

This study will consist of a screening day, pre-intervention day, and four testing days approximately 10 days apart. Participants will be required to come to Stone Hall for approximately six consecutive hours on the pre-intervention day and testing days.  

Participants will receive $350 for completing the study.

Those interested in participating should contact Tracy Eaton at 765-494-6083 or tkeaton@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1710019781. 

Almond study

Male and female participants are needed by the Department of Nutrition Science to study the role of almond consumption on metabolism. The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science.

Participants must be ages 18-60 and have no nut allergies. Compensation is $400 upon completion of the study.

To participate or for more information, contact Steph at hunter99@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1702018808. 

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 the family's home, two 75-minute visits at a park or playground of the parents' choice, and one 90-minute laboratory visit on Purdue's campus. In addition, each parent will answer some questionnaires about the 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. 

Musicians/non-musicians needed for hearing study

Participants 18-30 years of age who play an instrument and are enrolled in a band program, as well as participants in the same age group with no significant exposure to loud noise including music, are needed for an experimental study to evaluate the effects on music exposure on hearing.

Subjects will participate in a minimum of two two-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 prior to completion will still receive compensation of $25. Payment will be given to subjects in the form of cash at the end of each session. Subjects are compensated at $25/session.

All subjects must be 18-30 years old, have no history of brain injury or psychiatric problems, and have normal hearing sensitivity by self-report.

To participate, contact Chandan Suresh at hs0@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1704019056. 

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. 


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