June 17, 2021

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

 

Comparative study of video-based and VR-based simulation training in social skills development

Purdue students who are over age 18 are sought to participate in a research study investigating how social skills can be developed through 360-degree video-based and virtual reality-based simulations.

Participants will receive a $25 Amazon gift card upon completion of all components of the study. Total participation will take about 2.5 hours. Some participants also may be invited for semi-structured interviews and will be compensated with an additional $25 Amazon gift card.

If interested in participating in the study, send an email to Yeling Jiang, project research assistant, at jiang424@purdue.edu with the subject line "Social Skills Development Research Study."

For more information, contact principal investigator Mesut Akdere, professor of technology leadership and innovation, at makdere@purdue.edu. IRB#: 2021-86.

 

Psychology experiment

Women ages 25-55 are needed to participate in a study that looks at how the type of food they eat affects appetite and mood. 

Participants will follow a specific diet for eight weeks, during which they will visit the Clinical Research Center in Stone Hall at Purdue three times so researchers can measure hormones the body produces to signal hunger and fullness when individuals eat. These visits will take approximately two hours each. Participants also will come to a lab in the Department of Psychological Sciences three times and be asked to complete several questionnaires and have brain activity recorded (EEG) while completing some simple computer tasks. These visits will last approximately one hour each.  Participants will be paid $500 for completion of the study. 

Contact the Kinzig lab at KinzigLab@purdue.edu if interested in learning more about this study. The principal investigators for the study are professors Kimberly Kinzig and Daniel Foti in the Department of Psychological Sciences. IRB-2019-549.

  

Hearing and balance predictors of fall risk

Researchers are looking for older adults ages 60-75 to participate in a research study investigating the relationship between hearing, balance and the risk of falling.

Participants should be comfortable using a computer for email and teleconferencing (Zoom) and should not use a cochlear implant for hearing or a wheelchair for mobility. Individuals with the following conditions also are not eligible: a prior stroke; a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, or any other neurological disorder; osteoporosis; diabetic neuropathy; or chronic pain that restricts mobility. Individuals must be located in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area to participate.

To enable social distancing, the study has three parts:

(1) A set of Qualtrics surveys requiring approximately 30-45 minutes of participation.

(2) A virtual visit lasting no more than 90 minutes, including using some materials that will be dropped off at the participant's home and picked up later (no experimenter will enter the participant's home).

(3) Four months of daily online or paper surveys, each requiring less than five minutes at a time.

Each participant will thus be involved in the study for at least four months (120 days). The initial time commitment is about two to three hours, consisting of the online surveys (about 30-45 minutes), and the initial teleconference meeting (about 60-90 minutes). The four-month daily fall record should not take more than five minutes per day. Total compensation for the completed study is $200, or $15/hour for whatever portion is completed.

This study is being conducted in the Speech Perception and Cognitive Effort (SPACE) Lab at Purdue, directed by Alexander L. Francis, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (francisa@purdue.edu).

For more information about the study or to volunteer to participate, contact Jordan Love at spacelab@purdue.edu. IRB # 2020-1024.

 

Working memory, attention and comprehension

Researchers are looking for volunteers for a psychology study on attention and memory. Men and women ages 18 to 30 who have normal or corrected-to-normal vision (contacts only, no glasses) and are native English speakers may be eligible to participate. Participants will be asked to complete various computerized memory and attention tasks, responding to information presented visually onscreen and using the computer keyboard or the mouse to make responses.

This study involves two in-person sessions, which will last up to 60 minutes (session one) and up to 30 minutes (session two). Participants will be compensated with an Amazon gift certificate at a rate of $10/hour for participating in the study.

If interested, contact the Purdue Applied Cognition Laboratory at redicklab@gmail.com or 765-494-5132. The principal investigator for the study is Thomas Redick, associate professor of psychological sciences.  IRB-2021-413.

 

Working memory and strategies

Researchers are looking for volunteers for a psychology study on working memory and strategies. Men and women ages 18 to 30 who have normal or corrected-to-normal vision (contacts only, no glasses) and who are native English speakers may be eligible to participate. Participants will be asked to complete various computerized memory and attention tasks, responding to information presented visually onscreen and using the computer keyboard or the mouse to make responses.

This study involves one in-person session that will last up to 60 minutes. Participants will be compensated with an Amazon gift certificate at a rate of $10/hour for participating in the study.

If interested, contact the Purdue Applied Cognition Laboratory at redicklab@gmail.com or 765-494-5132.  the principal investigator for the study is thomas redick, associate Professor of Psychological Sciences. IRB-2021-482.

 

Study on how the brain combines sight and sound

Adults ages 18-40 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.

Participants will take part in up to four brain-wave recording sessions. 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, adults must be age 18-40; 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, anxiety or depression).

Participants will be compensated $10 per hour. Evening and weekend sessions are available, if needed. 

This study is conducted by Natalya Kaganovich, associate professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences and of psychological sciences.

To participate or more information, contact Jennifer Schumaker at jschumak@purdue.edu. IRB#: 0909008484.

 

Effects of sound level on autonomic responses and attention

Individuals ages 18-40 are needed to participate in a study on the effects of sound level on autonomic responses and attention. Participants must be nonsmokers, have normal hearing, have normal or corrected to normal vision, have no history of neurological disorders, and have no history of diabetes, heart attack or stroke. 

Participants will be paid $12 per hour for one session, approximately 1 to 1½ hours long.  The principal investigator is  Alexander Francis, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. For more information, contact Ann Alvar at aalvar@purdue.edu. IRB#: 2021-192.

 

Study on how brainstem helps with hearing

Individuals ages 18-35 with normal hearing abilities are being sought to participate in a study looking at how the auditory brainstem helps in hearing.

The study involves one visit to the Auditory Electrophysiology Lab (Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3043) for two hours, during which five surface electrodes (noninvasive, painless) will be placed near the ear to record responses from the brainstem while sound is played to the ear. The task requires the individual to lie quietly on a comfortable reclining chair, or better still, sleep through the entire experiment. Participants will be asked to fill out forms before the actual experiment and will be compensated $25 for the two hours.

Individuals interested in volunteering for the study should contact Aditi Gargeshwari at agargesh@purdue.edu. IRB#: 506002731.

 

Flavored sparkling water study

This research study is being conducted as a partnership between Purdue University and Indiana University. The goal is to reduce added sugar consumption from sugary drinks in the diets of adolescents at the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Participants will be supplied and asked to consume flavored sparkling water for 12 weeks as well as to participant in three online meetings of one hour in duration via Zoom or WebEx. 

Individuals may qualify to participate in the study if they meet the criteria below:

  • Are between 10 and 21 years of age.
  • Drink two or more sugary drinks per day (sodas, juices, energy and sports drinks; diet drinks do not count).
  • Are overweight or obese.
  • Are at the risk for developing diabetes or have family history of diabetes. 

Total compensation is $115, in the form of money or gift cards, and will be paid throughout the study. 

The principal investigators for this study are Nana Gletsu-Miller, associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Public Health, and Cordelia Running, assistant professor in Purdue’s Department of Nutrition Science. For more information, contact Vinicius (Vinnie) Valicente at vvalicen@purdue.edu or 480-207-8355. IRB#:1908757318.

 

Daily study of relationship experiences and stress

Researchers are looking for men and women who are in a relationship, living together and are experiencing stress related to COVID-19 for a daily study of relationship experiences and stress. Participants must be ages 21-55 and fluent in English. Only one member from each couple will participate. Individuals must live in the United States to participate. 

Participants will complete an interview with a member of the study team via Zoom and complete surveys on their phone each day about their experiences, thoughts and behaviors. Participants can earn up to $175 for completing all parts of the study. Some eligibility restrictions may apply; contact the study team for more information.

To participate in this study, email DISTRESS@Purdue.edu or call 765-268-0839. The principal investigator is Susan South, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. IRB-2020-807.

  

Study examining relationship between appetite ratings and eating pattern

Participants are needed for a research study to examine the relationship between appetite ratings and eating pattern. Men and women ages 18 to 64 with no physical health problems or disease are eligible to participate. Participants will be compensated $100.

The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science. Those interested in participating should contact Eunjin at cheone@purdue.edu. IRB-2020-1651.

 

Study on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function

The Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health (PANCH) Laboratory in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is looking for children ages 8-10 to participate in research on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function.

Participation in this research requires two visits on separate days to Lambert Fieldhouse. The first visit will last approximately three hours, involving computer games and a fitness test. The second visit will last about three hours and will involve health-related and demographic questionnaires, exercise and recoding of brain waves using techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG). Participation in this study will be compensated by a maximum total of $80.

Individuals interested in this research or who have any questions should email panchlaboratory@purdue.edu or call 765-496-7781. Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB-2020-123.

 

Tendon health research study

Purdue researchers in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are seeking men and women to participate in a research study evaluating the impact of diabetes on tendon. Researchers are seeking participants with diagnosed prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes.

This study will help determine if diabetes affects tendon health and strength. The study will take a total of three to four hours to complete. There will be six visits that will be separated over three to four weeks.

For more information, contact Nathan Campbell at campb302@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1710019832.

 

Study on effects of consuming different proportions of red meat and plant-based, protein-rich foods

This research study is assessing the effects of consuming different proportions of red meat and plant-based, protein-rich foods (nuts, seeds, and soy products) incorporated into a U.S. Healthy Eating Pattern on cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults at high risk of developing a heart-related disease.

The study seeks men and women who are willing to consume a U.S. Healthy Eating Pattern with varying proportions of red meat and plant-based, protein-rich foods for 10 weeks. All food will be provided. Participants are required to attend four study visits at the research site over approximately a three and a half month period. Individuals will be compensated $300 for participating in the study.

Interested subjects should be age 30 to 69, overweight, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Robert Bergia at rbergia@purdue.edu and mention the “US Healthy Eating Pattern plant-based and animal protein."

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. For more information regarding the standard operating procedures, visit https://protect.purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: IRB-2020-587.

 

Protein, exercise and muscle health study

Women ages 60-80 are wanted to participate in a study evaluating the impact of a high-protein diet and exercise on muscle and tendon health.

Researchers are seeking:

  • Healthy, nondiabetic individuals.
  • Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) less than or equal to 40.
  • Individuals who do not exercise frequently.

This research study will require:

  • 46 visits to the West Lafayette campus over a period of approximately four months.
  • Completion of 12 weeks of supervised exercise training.
  • A diet provided by research staff.

Individuals with claustrophobia or problems with tendons in the legs may not be able to enroll in this research study. For more information, contact Nathan Campbell at campb302@purdue.edu or 765-357-6717.

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. For more information regarding the standard operating procedures, visit https://protect.purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Chad C. Carroll, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. IRB# IRB-2019-218.

 

Mediterranean diet and mushroom nutrition study

This research study is assessing the effects of including mushrooms as part of a healthy eating pattern on indices of perceived mental health/anxiety/depression along with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

The study seeks men and women who are willing to consume a Mediterranean-style diet for eight weeks either with or without mushrooms. All food will be provided. Participants are required to attend three study visits at the research site over approximately a three-month period. Individuals will be compensated $300 for participating in the study.

Interested subjects should be age 30 to 69, overweight yet in general good health, nonsmokers and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Cassi Uffelman at cuffelma@purdue.edu and mention the “Mediterranean Diet and Mushroom Study."

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. For more information regarding the standard operating procedures, visit https://protect.purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: IRB-2019-650.

  

Cognition and perception experiment

The PACER lab (Psychophyiological Assessment of Cognition Emotion and Reward) is looking for volunteers ages 18-35 to participate in a study on brain activity who may relate to some or all of the following questions:

  • Do you ever feel as if things on the TV or radio were meant especially for you?
  • Do you ever think that people can communicate telepathically?
  • Do you feel that you only have few hobbies or interests?

Participants may be paid up to $50 for their time and be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Participation includes a brain activity recording, computer tasks that involve responding quickly to shapes and listening to tones, and an interview about the participant’s feelings and experiences. 

The lab visit lasts approximately four hours, and an online survey will need to be completed six months later.

If interested, contact Keisha Novak and her team at thecape@purdue.edu or at 765-496-0377. IRB#: 1808020876. 

  

Study on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function (ages 8-10)

The Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health (PANCH) Laboratory in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is looking for children ages 8-10 to participate in a research study on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function.

Participation in this research requires three visits on separate days to the MRI facility at Purdue. The first visit may last approximately three hours and involves health-related and demographic questionnaires, computer games and a fitness test. The second and third visits each may last about two hours and involve exercise and recording of brain activity using techniques such as an MRI. Participation in this study will be compensated by a total of $70.

Individuals who are interested in this research or who have questions should contact baumgarn@purdue.edu or 765-496-7781. Professor Shih-Chun Kao in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is the principal investigator. IRB#: IRB-2019-114.

 

Protein source study

Researchers are looking for men and women who would like to volunteer for a research study that will look at how protein source influences changes in blood amino acids.

For this three- to eight-week week study, volunteers will come to the Purdue Clinical Research Center for one, one-hour screening day and four individual five-hour testing days. Testing days will include measures of blood amino acid concentrations after the consumption of a provided breakfast.

Participants will receive $300 for completing the study.

Interested participants should be age 55 to 75, in general good health, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. Individuals interested in participating should contact Gavin Connolly at connolg@purdue.edu or Jan Green at 765-494-7660 and mention the “protein source study” for more information.

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. More information regarding standard operating procedures is available on the Protect Purdue website.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB# 1804020520.

 

Nutrition research study

Researchers are looking for men and women ages 30-69 who would like to volunteer for a research study to determine how substitutions of starchy vegetables and refined grains with beef in a healthy vegetarian diet affect cardio-metabolic disease risk factors. 

Participants will be compensated $300 for completing the study. All study foods will be provided at no cost for 10 weeks (two five-week periods).

Interested volunteers should have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 37 and be nondiabetic, nonpregnant or nonlactating, and nonsmoking.

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

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

For more information, contact Erica Hill at hill155@purdue.edu and/or Yu Wang at wang3651@purdue.edu in the Department of Nutrition Science. Reference study number S53 when responding. IRB#: 1809021091.

 

 


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