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April 17, 2014

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

Learning fat taste

The Department of Nutrition Science is looking for participants for a study on how humans learn the taste of different types of fat. 

Compensation is $10 per hour, and the study is expected to take a total of up to approximately 22 hours. 

Healthy men and women ages 18-60 and who are available for the next three months (participants must be in the West Lafayette area over summer break) are eligible to participate.

Those interested in participating should contact Cori at crunnin@purdue.edu.

 

Study on mental health disclosure

A research study is currently recruiting college students who have a mental illness and have shared it with their college-student friend. The purpose of this research is to better understand individuals' decision making when talking about mental illness. Researchers are interested in how people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness discuss it with a friend and how the friend responds.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and have shared this information with a friend since coming to college are eligible to participate (both participants must be at least 18). Participation consists of the pair (the person who was diagnosed with the mental illness and the friend he/she told) voluntarily completing separate online surveys about what it was like to discuss the topic of mental illness.

Each interested participant, both the individual who shared the mental illness and friend who discussed the mental illness with the person who shared, should email Maria Venetis, professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, at sharinghealthinfo@purdue.edu. The email should indicate interest in participating and provide both names (the person who was diagnosed with the mental illness and the friend he/she told). The email should not include the details of the mental illness or the conversation. 

Participants will receive an individualized code to enter into the online survey. The code connects survey answers of each pair, but not to either name. All responses will be kept anonymous. Individuals who complete the study will be entered into a raffle to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards.

For more information or to participate, email Venetis at sharinghealthinfo@purdue.edu.

 

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

Infants independently sitting (6 to 9 months of age) 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 Fieldhouse. 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.

Those interested in participating or who need more information should contact Laura Claxton, assistant professor of health and kinesiology, at 49-62293 or ljclaxton@purdue.edu.

 

Study on how people recognize pain

Individuals age 18 and older are needed for a study examining the usability of a newly created measure for recognizing expressions of pain. This research will be applied to interventions for physicians in recognizing pain in patients.

Participants will complete a survey and two exercises online, which will take about 30-45 minutes. Participants will be compensated for their time with a $5 gift card.

This is a completely voluntary study, and confidentiality will be maintained by using a random identification number for completion of the exercises and survey.

To participate, contact Mary Marshall at reps@purdue.edu to receive the link to the exercises online.

 

Study examining the academic research process

Faculty and graduate students are needed to participate in a research project on the academic research project. Participants must have had one reviewed paper (e.g., journal/conference reviewer, or friendly peer review) since January 2013. This project has the potential to contribute to the understanding of creativity in the academic domain as well as increase the descriptive understanding of how the academic research process typically unfolds.

The online survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes. All participants have the option to enter their name in a raffle for a chance to win $50. The probability of winning depends on the number of participants who opt into the raffle. The lowest possible probability of winning the raffle is 1 in 200.

The survey can be completed at http://miller.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6EHudMeMUOrGqvr.

For more information, contact Melissa Keith at 931-265-4603 or keith7@purdue.edu.

 

Study on age-related changes on respiratory and voice systems

The Speech Physiology Lab is looking for men and women ages 70-90 for a study focusing on age-related changes on respiratory and voice systems.

The study will involve one session that will last two and a half hours.

To be eligible, individuals must be in general good health; have no hearing, voice or speech problems; have no neurological, psychological or respiratory problems; and be a nonsmoker and nonuser of alcohol. Participants will be compensated for their participation.

For more information, contact Anusha Sundarrajan at 49-46488.

 

Study on how teachers use their voice during prolonged vocal activity

Teachers and student teachers age 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 personality, romantic relationship satisfaction and couple interactions

Cohabitating and/or married couples who have been in a relationship for at least one year are needed for a study examining the associations between personality, romantic relationship satisfaction, and couple interactions.

Participants must be age 18-35. The study will include answering questionnaires online and in the lab as well as participating in tasks with your romantic partner.

Participants will be paid $15 for completion of study ($30 per couple). For more information, email romanticrelationshipsresearch@gmail.com.

 

Study investigating effect of protein and fiber at breakfast on brain activity, appetite and health

Megan McCrory, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Science, and her research team are recruiting men and women age 21-45 to participate in a research study. Participants also must be nonsmokers and have a body mass index between 25 and 29.9. (Those interested can check their BMI at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm.)

The purpose of this research study is to examine the impact of eating varying amounts of protein and fiber at breakfast on brain activity, appetite, blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

The study will take a minimum of 15-16 weeks to complete. Participants will complete one week of baseline testing and four two-week "breakfast given" phases, each separated by two-week "usual diet" phases. During each of the four two-week breakfast given phases, participants will be provided with and asked to eat specific breakfast meals every day. Participants will eat their usual diets during the usual diet phases. During the study, researchers will perform brain scans using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), measure diet, perform blood draws and measure 24-hour blood sugar profile.

Participants will be given a $450 stipend at the completion of the study.

Men and women age 21-45 who are interested in participating in this study are encouraged to contact Drew Sayer at sayer@purdue.edu or 49-48313 for additional information.

 

Study on language and motor learning in children with speech sound disorders including childhood apraxia of speech

Children ages 5-8 with speech sound disorders including childhood apraxia of speech are needed to participate in a research project on language and motor development conducted by Lisa Goffman, professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. 

Children will be asked to attend one to six sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. Children will receive a toy and parents will be paid $10 for each session. Children also will receive a free speech, language and hearing evaluation. 

For more information, contact Janet Vuolo at 49-41669 or jvuolo@purdue.edu.  

 

Study investigating language and reading

Native English-speaking adults ages 18 and older who have dyslexia or another type of reading disability are needed to participate in a research project on language and reading development.  

The study is conducted by Lisa Goffman (goffman@purdue.edu; 49-61826), professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Participants will be paid $10 for each hour and will receive a free language, reading and hearing evaluation.

For more information, contact Meredith Saletta at 49-41669 or msaletta@purdue.edu.

 

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 brownb@purdue.edu or 49-66403.

 

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, Heavilon Hall, Room B15.

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 20-35 years old, right-handed, have no history of brain injury or psychiatric problems, and 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 Jillian Wendel at wendel@purdue.edu.

 

Study of interactions between friends

Participants of Asian/Asian-American, Russian/Russian-American or African-American heritage are sought for a research study of interactions between friends. Graduate students and non-students are welcome. Undergraduates are not eligible for this study.

Friends must be of the same gender and culture, and not romantically involved. The study involves completing questionnaires and being videotaped while talking to each other. The study takes 90 minutes, and each participant is compensated $20.

To determine eligibility, complete a brief survey at http://tinyurl.com/purduefriendstudy Those who complete the survey will be contacted with information about eligibility.

Contact Sara Branch at sbranch@purdue.edu or 503-709-0307, or Erina MacGeorge at emacgeorge@purdue.edu or 49-43429.

 

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

Participants 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. 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 milks37@purdue.edu 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 ajlab@purdue.edu.

 

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 almeal@purdue.edu. Participants may earn up to $200 upon completion of the study.

  

Study on how food form and sweetener relate to hormones 

Participants are needed by the Department of Nutrition Science to study how food form and sweetener relate to hormones.

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

 Men and women ages 18-50 who are above average weight and interested in participating in this study should contact Jan-Lee at jyxlee@purdue.edu.

 

Studies on learning in children

The Cognition and Learning Laboratory at Purdue is looking for children in grades 4 and 5 to participate in a study on learning. The overall purpose of the research is to examine the effectiveness of different study strategies.

The study will involve two brief sessions lasting about 30 to 60 minutes. In an initial session, children will use different learning strategies while they read brief passages about science topics. In a second session one week later, the children will answer questions about ideas and concepts from the passages. The purpose of the research is to identify the strategies that produce the best long-term learning. The total duration of participation may vary from one to two hours.

The parent/adult and child will be paid $5 for every half-hour of participation. The minimum amount of compensation is $10 and the maximum amount is $20. To participate or for more information, visit http://learninglab.psych.purdue.edu/parents/ or email learninglab@purdue.edu.