October 17, 2019

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

Language and film experiment

Researchers in the Department of Linguistics are recruiting native speakers of American English without significant knowledge of other languages to participate in a language study. The study involves taking personality and cognitive tests, pronouncing words, taking speech perception tests, and watching Netflix.

Participation will include online testing and one meeting with the researcher, which will last no more than two hours. Before the meeting, participants will complete a short background survey to verify that they meet study requirements.

Participants will be compensated at a rate of $10 per hour ($20 total).

Those interested in participating should contact Amy Hutchinson at hutchi25@purdue.edu for more information. The principal investigator is Olga Dmitrieva, assistant professor in the School of Languages and Cultures. IRB #: 1907022389.

Hard-of-hearing people sought for study

Individuals age 18 and older who either wear a hearing aid or have been told they need one are needed for a study investigating a novel approach to improve speech understanding using hearing aids. The study is being conducted by the Experimental Amplification Research (EAR) Laboratory at Purdue. 

Participants will be paid $15 an hour for several one- or two-hour sessions.

The principal investigator is Joshua Alexander, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
    
Call 765-494-5956 or visit www.TinyURL.com/PurdueEAR for more information.

Effect of protein on tendon research

The Department of Health and Kinesiology is seeking men and women ages 60-75 to participate in a study evaluating the effect of protein on tendon. The researchers are seeking participants in good physical health who are nonsmokers, not diabetic and not obese.

For more information, contact Sam Couture at scouture@purdue.edu or 765-496-6002. IRB#: 1904022075.

Diabetes and tendon health research study

Participants are needed for a study evaluating the impact of diabetes on tendon. Men and women ages 21-60 who are non-smokers with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes are eligible to participate.

Participants will have their knee tendon imaged with ultrasound and MRI. One blood sample will be collected. Participants will be compensated for this study.

For more information, contact Shivam Patel at patel713@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1710019832.

Study on how brain combines sight and sound

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

Natalya Kaganovich, associate 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 four, two-hour research sessions. Participants will first take standardized tests that will evaluate children’s nonverbal intelligence and language skills. 

Children then will participate in two brain-wave recording sessions, during which their brain activity to speech sounds 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 8 to 12 years old; typically developing; 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).

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. Evening and weekend sessions are available, if needed.

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

Study for couples

There are several studies on the relationships of regular people. Each study involves different activities and payment of up to $90 per person, combining cash and Amazon gift cards.​

Eligibility is determined by taking a five-minute survey. One member of the couple can take the survey first, and within a few minutes a survey link will be emailed automatically to the other person.

​For more information, email couplestudy@purdue.edu. The studies are being conducted by Ximena Arriaga, professor of psychological sciences. IRB#: 1505016116.

Strengths in Single Mother Families Project 

Paid research volunteers are needed for the Strengths in Single Mother Families Project at Purdue. Mothering can be especially demanding for single women, who often serve both as primary caregivers and primary wage-earners for their families. Researchers are looking for single mothers living in Indiana with children of any ages to complete an online survey about their experiences as a single mother and the resources they use. Participants also may be invited to participate in an in-depth interview.

To be eligible, a participant must be a single mother living in Indiana, at least 20 years of age, not living with a partner, and with at least one child under the age of 18. Participants will be given a $20 Amazon ecard for participating in the survey and an additional $25 for an interview.

Contact Tara Nair or Zoe Taylor by email at Reslab@purdue.edu for more information or to confirm eligibility to participate. IRB#: 1906022308.  

Adult listeners needed for speech study

The I-EaT (Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing) Lab, under the direction of Professor Georgia Malandraki, is looking for speakers of American English (ages 18-45) to participate in a study on how well the speech of children is understood. Participants will listen to speech samples of children and type the words and sentences they hear. Participants also will receive a free hearing screening. The total time commitment for this study is 45-60 minutes, and eligible participants will receive $5.

Testing sessions are conducted in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in Lyles-Porter Hall and can be scheduled at times convenient for the participants.  For more information, contact Barbara Brown at 765-496-0207 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1410015417.

Tele-lactation study

Mothers who just gave birth or who will be giving birth soon (around 34 gestational weeks) are invited to participate in a tele-lactation study. Participants will be given access to a breastfeeding monitoring app, receive tailored education, and have videoconferencing (two or three times) with a lactation consultant for lactation support.

Those interested in participating should email Azza Ahmed at ahmedah@purdue.edu or tele-lactationstudy@purdue.edu.

Participants will receive a $45 gift card upon completing one month of monitoring and submitting a 10-minute survey.

The principal investigators for the study are Ahmed, associate professor in the School of Nursing, and Jeff Brewer, associate professor of computer and information technology in the Polytechnic Institute. IRB#: 1708019497.

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 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 subjects should be age 22 to 39 who are in general good health, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in this study 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 principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: 1804020520. 

Exploring realistic treatments to reduce the burden of swallowing difficulties in aging and neurodegenerative disorders

The i-Eat Swallowing Lab is recruiting participants for a study on how flavors might aid in swallowing disorders.

Researchers are looking for individuals who are age 65 and older, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease by a physician and have difficulty swallowing liquids.

Qualified participants will be paid up to $20 for the first visit and up to $20 for a second visit, if eligible. Participants must be willing to:

  • Complete phone and in-person screenings.
  • Complete health questionnaires and physical assessments.
  • Provide medical history to confirm diagnoses.
  • Taste and swallow several flavored beverages, recorded by a video X-ray machine, under supervision of a speech-language pathologist.

For more information, contact purduespit@gmail.com or 765-496-3607. The principal investigator is Cordelia Running, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: 1809021093. 

Language study on aphasia

The Purdue Aphasia Research Lab, led by Professor Jiyeon Lee, is looking for participants to be part of a control group for a study on how aphasia affects language. Healthy older adults between the ages of 50 and 80 who have normal or corrected-to-normal hearing and vision and are native English speakers may be eligible to participate.

Participants will receive hearing and language testing and either play a card picture-description game or describe pictures on a computer while their eye movements are tracked for one to eight sessions. Each session will take approximately two hours, and participants will be paid $20 for each session. 

Testing sessions will be held in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in Lyles-Porter Hall. For more information, contact the Purdue Aphasia Research Lab at aphasia@purdue.edu or call 765-496-0216. IRB#: 1406014987. 

Study on mother-teen relationships

Researchers want to learn about how mothers’ emotional experiences are connected to their adolescents’ experiences. Women who live in Indiana and are the mother of a typically developing adolescent boy or girl ages 13-16 are eligible to participate.

To participate in the study, mothers and their adolescents separately fill out questionnaires online. Participation is expected to take about 20 to 40 minutes to complete.

Participating mothers and adolescents will be entered to win a draw for two $40 eGift cards from Amazon. One out of every 10 mother-adolescent pairs who participate will win a pair of eGift cards.

For more information, contact the Family Dynamics Lab at family@purdue.edu or 765-494-1216. Jessica P. Lougheed, assistant professor of human development and family studies, is the principal investigator of this study. IRB#: 1812021406.

Word learning study for preschool children

Researchers are seeking children ages 54 months through 71 months 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 the participant's home or another location (school, day care, community center).

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

Cognition and perception experiment

The PACER lab 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 your feelings and experiences. 

The lab visit lasts approximately four hours, plus an online survey 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. 

View study

Researchers in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies are looking for children ages 2 to 5½ for a study to learn more about what children see when playing and interacting with their parents.

Researchers are looking for children:

  • With autism spectrum disorder.
  • With development delays.
  • Typically developing.

Families will be compensated for their time. For more information, contact Carolyn McCormick at 765-494-8156 or maclab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1804020475.  

Study on susceptibility of mass marketing fraud among the elderly

Marian Liu, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, is recruiting younger, middle-age and older adults to join a decision-making study titled "Susceptibility of Mass Marketing Fraud among the Elderly." English-speaking men and women above the age of 18 are eligible for the hourlong study on the West Lafayette campus.

Eligible participants will interact with a trained research assistant to complete surveys and cognitive tasks such as remembering details from a story. Participants will be compensated for their time. Researchers want to learn more about the effect of age and emotions on the intent to respond to a lottery type solicitation.

For more information, call Liu at 765-496-0615 or email marianliu@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1901021525.  

Neuro-cyber study

The Cyber Forensics Lab, under the direction of Professor Marc Rogers, is looking for cybersecurity analysts (Purdue students, staff and professors) with experience using intrusion detection systems to participate in a study about cyber performance and cognitive abilities.

Participants will be required to come to the cyber forensics lab in Knoy Hall one time to complete a simple questionnaire and take a series of simple cognitive tasks along with a cyber task, which includes classifying attacks in a simulated network environment (IDS). Cyber experience is wanted but not required. This study will take around 60 minutes to complete. Participants will receive $15.

Appointments can be scheduled at times convenient for the participants. For more information, contact Kelly Cole at 603-491-5092 or colek@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1703018965.  

Study on exercise and cognition

The Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health Lab is looking for people ages 18-30 to participate in research on how exercise influences cognition.

Participation in this research requires two sessions of 2.5-3 hours on separate days at Lambert Fieldhouse. Participants will be paid $10 per hour (about $60 in total upon completion of the research).

Alvin Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. For more information, email panchlaboratory@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1807020838.  

Psychology study on practice and learning

The Purdue Applied Cognition Lab is looking for volunteers for a psychology study on practice and learning. Men and women ages 18-30 who have normal or corrected-to-normal vision 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 mouse to make responses.

The study involves 17 visits to the lab over the course of four weeks. The first and last session will last no more than two hours, and participants will be compensated $20 after each of these sessions. In addition, each of the 15 sessions between the first and last session will last no more than 60 minutes, and participants will be compensated with $10 after each of these sessions. Participants also may earn bonus compensation depending on their performance in each of the 15 sessions (up to $5 additional each session) and completion of all sessions within four weeks ($5 bonus). All participants who complete the study will be compensated with a minimum of $190.

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#: 1601017064. 

Study on consumption of unprocessed red meat and gut health

Researchers are looking for men and women ages 20-35 who would like to volunteer for a research study to determine how consumption of unprocessed red meat can influence gut health.

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

Interested volunteers should be healthy 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 dietary recalls, height, weight, blood pressure, blood samples, and stool and urine samples.

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

For more information, contact Yu Wang at wang3651@purdue.edu and/or Caroline Clark clark187@purdue.edu in the Department of Nutrition Science. Reference study number S51 when responding. IRB#: 1709019738. 

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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