November 16, 2017

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

Word learning study for preschool children

Researchers are seeking 4½- to 5-year-old children to participate in a study of word learning.

Families receive $10 per session and a speech, language and hearing evaluation for their child.

Six one-hour sessions can be scheduled at Purdue in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. If preferred, four of these sessions can be scheduled at participants' home or another location (school, day care, community center).

For more information, contact Pat Deevy at 765-496-1821 or deevy@purdue.edu, or visit https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/ChildLanguageLab. IRB#: 1603017480.

Study on capability to communicate speech via the sense of touch

Speech communication occurs among people with varying sensory capabilities, either due to conditions such as blindness or deafness or due to “situational blindness or deadness” such as during firefighting. Researchers are looking to assess humans' capability to communicate speech via the sense of touch. Specifically, this yearlong study will gauge vocabulary size, accuracy and training time that can be expected during tactile communication of speech.

Those interested in participating will be asked whether they have any sensory deficits. Participation may be declined if a person has difficulty perceiving mechanical stimulation on the skin of the hand, forearm, etc.

During the experiment, participants will be seated in a quiet room. For tactile stimulation, vibratory stimuli are presented at a specific body site depending on the particular device and experiment (fingers, hand, wrist, forearm, back of neck, abdomen, or thigh). Participants will be asked to respond via a computer keyboard or dedicated response box. Experiments are carried out in sessions ranging from 30 minutes to four hours, always with ample opportunities for breaks between tests, which generally last no more than 15 minutes each. A whole experiment may be completed in a single session, or may continue over as many as 50 sessions, depending on the nature of the study. Once an experiment is completed, the participant is debriefed.

Participants will be paid $20 per hour as a compensation for their time.

For more information concerning the study or to volunteer for the study, contact Yang Jiao at jiao12@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1707019403.

Hearing study

Men and women age 40-59 are needed for hearing research. The Systems Neuroscience of Auditory Perception Lab is conducting this research to understand how people's ears and brains help them to communicate in situations with background sounds, like crowded restaurants and busy streets.

Participants should have no known neurological problems and have normal hearing in quiet places (e.g., one-on-one conversations at home).

Participants will be compensated $16 an hour. To learn more about the research and participate, contact snaplab2@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1609018209.

Study on eating different types of protein

Participants are being sought for a study looking at possible benefits of eating different types of protein.

Participants will be provided different types of breakfast shakes to consume at home. For each type of breakfast shake, participants will complete a five-hour testing day that measures feelings of appetite (hunger and fullness) and thoughts of food, and hormones that respond to eating (by taking blood samples in our lab). Participants will be paid for completing all study procedures. 

For more information, contact leidylab@purdue.edu and mention the “Protein Source Study.” IRB#:1701018659. 

Teens needed for study on benefits to eating breakfast 

Participants are needed for a study on whether there are benefits to eating breakfast.

Participants will either eat breakfast or skip breakfast for six months. Those in one of the breakfast groups will be provided with free breakfast meals every day. At the beginning, middle and end of the study, researchers will take measurements including body composition, glycemic control, energy expenditure, sleep patterns and appetite. Participants will be paid for completing all procedures. Individuals age 13-19 who frequently skip breakfast may qualify.

For more information, email leidylab@purdue.edu or visit https://purdue.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_72v6d66INICU0Sx. IRB#: 1611018490. 

Voluntary subjects required for a wind noise test

Researchers are investigating the characteristics of wind noise as heard inside cars. Participants will listen to different sounds and describe them verbally and rate them on a scale, and/or rank, select or answer questions about them. The research team would like to have a subject pool that reflects the diversity in the society and in the work force to apply to be a subject, and therefore strongly encourages everyone who is interested to apply. The following are ideal participants:

* Age 18-65 and have normal hearing without the use of a hearing aid; all volunteers’ hearing will be tested before starting the test.

* Can read a computer screen and can manipulate a cursor using a mouse without difficulty.

Each subject will receive $10 for completing a test session, which will last about one hour.

If you would like to volunteer, email Daniel Carr at djcarr@purdue.edu to schedule an appointment, listing times that you are available.

For further information, call Patricia Davies at 765-494-9274 or daviesp@ecn.purdue.edu. IRB#: 1511016807. 

Speech perception in children with and without speech sound disorder

Children ages 4 and 5 with speech sound disorder or with typically developing speech and language are needed to participate in a research project on speech perception and speech production conducted by Françoise Brosseau-Lapré in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  

Children will be asked to attend two sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. For travel expenses, parents will receive $10/session, and children will receive a toy for each session. Children will also receive a free speech, language and hearing evaluation. 

For more information, contact the Child Phonology Lab at 765-496-0345 or childspeech@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1701018731.

Study on driving behavior of electric vehicles

Purdue researchers in the School of Industrial Engineering are seeking individuals over the age of 18 to participate in an online survey on the driving behavior of electric vehicles. This survey includes a three-minute video and takes approximately seven to 10 minutes to complete. Outcomes of the study will help potential customers to have better information on the battery size when purchasing electric vehicles.

The online survey is available here: https://purdue.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40Vz85xCOmOTQrj.

For more information, contact Yue Zhou at zhou726@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1709019622. 

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 (non-smokers, not diabetic, and not obese).

For more information, contact Shivam Patel at patel713@purude.edu. IRB#: 1704019133. 

Study on providing real-time information to drivers

Individuals are needed for study focused on quantifying the benefits of providing real-time information to drivers. By conducting this study, researchers hope to better understand the impacts of real-time travel information and corresponding human-machine interactions on driver’s cognitive state (e.g., mental workload and stress), and its implications on their travel decision-making and travel experience. The study insights will aid in the development of improved travel information delivery systems from human factors perspective, and designing human-machine interfaces for self-driving vehicles to enhance safety, user experience and trust in technology which is critical for their success and wider adoption.

Participants will complete an online questionnaire that asks for: (1) sociodemographic characteristics, including gender, income, age, education, household size, and household vehicles; (2) individual characteristics, including familiarity with Indianapolis road network, hand dexterity; (3) travel behavior, including daily travel purpose, trip frequency, average commute time, trip distance, familiarity with routes, and response attitude towards the real-time traffic information. The one-time online questionnaire may be completed before or after participants come to the NEXTRANS Center.

Participants also will come to the NEXTRANS Center in Purdue Research Park to complete experiments in a driving simulator. Participants will be equipped with biosensor devices, including electroencephalogram (EEG), electrocardiogram (ECG) and eye tracker, that will collect physiological data such as brain electrical activity, heart rate and eye movements. During the experiment, driving maneuvers, driving itinerary, physiological data and facial expressions will be recorded by computer software using web cameras. The total time spent at the NEXTRANS Center will be 3-4 hours.

Individuals age 40 and older who have no history of motion sickness and mental or physical impairment, and are not on regular medication that cannot be stopped, may participate.

After completing the experiment on the driving simulator, participants will receive compensation in cash ranging from $10 to $60. The total compensation will be reduced at the end of the experiment if participants do not drive realistically or treat the simulator like a video game. This will be determined by excessive speeding and/or traffic violations, similar to getting a ticket on the road. Minimum compensation is $10. In addition, those who treat the experiment seriously are eligible to enter a random lottery drawing for one of two iPad Minis.

To participate in the study, go to www.purdue.edu/drivingsimulator and follow the steps to fill out the online survey and schedule an experiment time.

Questions about this study should be directed to Shubham Agrawal at shubham@purdue.edu or 765-496-9768. IRB#: 1304013546.

Study on the effect of noise exposure on hearing

Men and women ages 18-25 are needed to examine the effects of noise exposure on hearing. Participants must have a history of loud noise exposure and not have any musical background.

The principal investigator of this study is Lata Krishnan, clinical professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

Each participant will be asked to complete a questionnaire and receive a hearing assessment. They will also receive educational material regarding hearing protection and a pair of foam earplugs. Participants will receive $20 for about one hour of their time.

To participate or for more information, contact Rachel Ackerman at ackermar@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1402014527.

Word learning study for preschool children

Researchers are seeking 5-year-old children to participate in a study of word learning.

Families receive $10 per session and a speech, language and hearing evaluation for their child.

Eight one-hour sessions can be scheduled at Purdue in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. If preferred, four of these sessions can be scheduled at participants' home or another location (school,  day care, community center).

For more information, contact Pat Deevy at 765-496-1821 or deevy@purdue.edu, or visit https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/slhs/research/slhs_labs/child_language/index.html. IRB#: 1603017480.

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 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 months to 14 months) must be capable of walking independently (without any support) for at least 10 consecutive steps. We are also recruiting toddlers (23.5 months 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

Two-year-old children (2.5 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. 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.

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

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.

Maternal Context of Pregnancy Project

Women in the first trimester of pregnancy or who are planning to become pregnant in the near future 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 cortisol, a hormone related to stress and pregnancy each trimester), and an online questionnaire and cheek swabs from mother and at six months post-partum. Around the time of delivery, with the help of a 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.

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.

Diabetes and tendon health research study

Purdue researchers in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are seeking men and women ages 21-60 years to participate in a study evaluating the impact of diabetes on tendon.

Researchers are seeking patients with diagnosed Type 2 diabetes who are nonsmokers.

For more information, contact Shivam Patel at patel713@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1704019123.

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 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 Ravi Krishnan at rkrish@purdue.edu. IRB#: 0506002731.

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 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 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


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