April 18, 2019

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

 

English language experiment

Researchers in the Purdue Linguistics Program are recruiting English speakers to participate in a language study. The study involves reading English sentences and rating them using a scale.

Participants should be native speakers of American English at least 18 years of age and should have no history of speech, language or hearing disabilities.

Participation will include one meeting with the researcher, which will last no more than one hour. During the meeting, participants will complete a short background survey and a sentence judgment task.

Participants will receive $10 for completing the one-hour session.

Those interested in participating should contact Josh Weirick at jweiric@purdue.edu for more information. The principal investigator is Elaine Francis, associate professor in the Department of English. IRB#: 1002008979.

Study on swallowing and voice

The I-EaT (Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing) Lab, under the direction of Professor Georgia Malandraki, is looking for healthy speakers of American English over the age of 65 to participate in a study about swallowing and voice.

Participants will be asked to complete some simple questionnaires, say some sounds and complete a short swallowing and voice evaluation. The study takes approximately two hours or less, and eligible participants will receive $20.

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 Anumitha Venkatraman at 765-496-0207 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1809021037. 

Study on brain activity

The PACER lab is looking for volunteers ages 18 -35 to participate in a study on brain activity.

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.

Tolerance to milk with different types of protein

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

Participants must be healthy, nonsmoking, dairy-intolerant males or females, age 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.

Child welfare caseworker research study

Researchers are looking for child welfare caseworkers employed in Central Indiana for a research study on caseworker perceptions of working with foster parents and foster children. The goal of the study is to understand caseworkers’ perceptions of behavioral and emotional adjustment for children in foster care who have regular contact with biological parents, as well as caseworker experiences working with foster parents on issues related to parent-child contact/visitation. 

Participants in this study must (1) be currently employed as child welfare caseworkers in the state of Indiana, and (2) reside in Greater Lafayette.

Participation will include one meeting with a researcher, lasting 60-80 minutes, during which participants will complete an interview and a short story-construction task.

Participants will receive $30 for completing the session.

For more information, contact Brittany Mihalec-Adkins at bpadkins@purdue.edu or 260-458-4870. Principal investigator is Germán Posada, associate professor of human development and family studies. IRB#:1901021589. 

Foster parent research study

Researchers are looking for currently licensed foster parents in Central Indiana for a research study on foster parent perceptions of parent-child interactions for children in foster care ages 3-9 years of age. The goal of the study is to understand foster parents’ perceptions of behavioral and emotional adjustment for young children in foster care who have regular contact with biological parents.

Participants in this study must (1) be currently licensed foster parents in the state of Indiana, (2) reside in Greater Lafayette, (3) be the current non-relative foster caregiver for a foster child ages 3-9 who regularly has contact with a biological parent, and who will remain in the current foster placement for at least three weeks after the start of data collection.   

Participation will include one initial meeting with one to two researchers, lasting 30-45 minutes, and daily online “diary entries” lasting five to seven minutes each over the following 14 days.

Participants will receive $10 for completing the initial meeting, and up to $100 for completing all daily online diary entries (partial completion will be compensated on a sliding scale, based on percentage of diary entries completed).

For more information, contact Brittany Mihalec-Adkins at bpadkins@purdue.edu or 260-458-4870. Principal investigator is Germán Posada, associate professor of human development and family studies. IRB#:1901021589. 

Study on calculus learning and learning transfer

Participants are being recruited for a research study on calculus learning and learning transfer. Participants will complete surveys, engage with learning materials, and take tests.

The participants should be in STEM majors at Purdue. Students who are not in STEM majors or who are in IMPACT classrooms will be excluded.

Participants will complete two sessions. The first session will take about 40 minutes and will include online surveys, a prerequisite knowledge check, and a math test. One week later, participants will attend the second session, lasting approximately 10 minutes, for a knowledge check and math test. Participants will receive $16 for completion of both sessions.

Those interested in participating in the study should contact Damji Heo at damji.heo7@gmail.com or Muhsin Menekse at menekse@purdue.edu for more information. IRB#: 1901021578.

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 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays on June 11 through July 3 at Lyles-Porter Hall. 

Each day, the children will receive one hour of language therapy from clinical supervisors and students, spend 30 minutes doing activities such as snack and play, and participate in research activities for a total of one hour. Researchers will be 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 receive $10 for each of these sessions; children receive a small toy at each visit. There is no compensation for the child's participation in the therapy and play activities (and no fee is charged).

Eligibility testing is being scheduled now and will continue through the end of April.

For more information, contact Pat Deevy at 765-496-1821 or deevy@purdue.edu, or visit the laboratory website. IRB#: 1603017480.  

Speech perception in children with and without speech sound disorder

Children ages 4 and 5 with typically developing speech 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 to three sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. For travel expenses, parents will receive $10/session, and children will receive a toy for each session. 

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

Psychology experiment

Women ages 30-60 who carry the FMR1 premutation and are fluent in English are needed to participate in a study on brain activity.

Participation in the study involves one visit to the lab lasting approximately five to six  hours. The lab visit may include web-based questionnaires, having brain activity recorded (EEG and/or MRI), having heart activity recorded, completing computer tasks that involve responding quickly to shapes and viewing emotional stimuli, and completing an interview about feelings and experiences. Participants will be paid $20 per hour. 

If interested, contact the research team at babs@purdue.edu or 765-494-0377. The principal investigators for the study are Daniel Foti and Bridgette Tonnsen with the Department of Psychological Sciences. IRB#: 1704019096.

A study of couples’ paired walking

Men and women ages 25-50 who are currently involved in a committed relationship are being sought for a research study being conducted at Purdue. The purpose of the study is to examine married or romantic partners when they walk together vs. alone. The 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#: 1811021328. 

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 overweight, 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 765-496-6342 and mention the “protein source study” for more information.

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

 

Study on brain activity

Volunteers are being sought for a study on brain activity. Individuals who are ages 18-50, married or living with a romantic partner, and are fluent in English may be eligible to participate (the participant's partner is not required to participate). 

The study involves one visit to the lab lasting up to three hours, during which you will be asked to complete several questionnaires and have your brain activity recorded (EEG) while completing several simple computer tasks. The tasks will involve responding quickly to shapes on the screen and viewing emotional stimuli. Participants will be paid $20 per hour, plus a possible monetary bonus on some of the tasks.

Some eligibility restrictions may apply. For more information, email CRNP@purdue.edu or call 765-496-0377. IRB#: 1707019408. 

High protein weight loss study

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 30 to 70, 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 765-496-6342 and mention the "protein and sleep study."

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

Study on swallowing and vocal pitch

The I-EaT (Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing) Lab, under the direction of Professor Georgia Malandraki, is looking for healthy speakers of American English age 66 and older to participate in a study about swallowing and vocal pitch.

Participants will be asked to swallow small amounts of barium (used as a contrast) and glide their voice on vowels like this /ee/. They will be trained for both of these tasks. The barium will be used to visualize the swallow on a real-time X-ray, which is similar to common procedures like a chest X-ray. The study is approximately two and a half hours, and eligible participants will receive $20.

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 Anumitha Venkatraman at 765-496-0207 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1809021037. 

 

Studies for couples

Men and women who are currently involved in a romantic relationship are being sought for several studies on romantic relationships. Each study involves different activities and payment (up to $90 per person, combining cash and Amazon gift cards).​

Eligibility is determined by taking a short survey. One member of the couple will take the survey first, and then the survey will be sent 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.

Diabetes and tendon health research study

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

Researchers are seeking non-smokers with diagnosed pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.

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

Mother/father/toddler study

Researchers in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies 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, total of $100, will be given to participating parents as appreciation for their time. For more information, contact Geurim Kim at familyinteractionslab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1505016087. 

Study on common types of interpersonal situations people experience in the workplace

Researchers are looking for participants who are 18 years old or older, work at least 30 hours per week (Monday-Friday), and can take short breaks (about 5 minutes) during the workday to use their smartphone.

Participants can earn a $65 gift card for completing all parts of the study, as well as the opportunity to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Individuals interested in participating should contact the research team at psychresearch@purdue.edu.   

This study is examining the common types of interpersonal situations people experience in the workplace, and how these situations affect people's daily job attitudes and behaviors. For this study, participants will first come to the Purdue campus to complete study orientation and a preliminary survey (about one hour). Second, over a period of two business weeks (Monday-Friday), participants will use their smartphone to complete three short surveys per day (three to five minutes each) asking about current work situations and daily work attitudes and behavior. Third, participants will be asked to complete an ending survey (about 20 minutes) using a link sent via email. Other than the study orientation, all parts of the study will be completed remotely.

For more information about scheduling or questions about this research study, contact Rachel Saef at psychresearch@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1805020581. 

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

Two-year-old children (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. Findings from this research could 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.

If you would like your child to participate, you and your child are invited to 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, children will stand on a device that measures their balance abilities.  In addition, two questionnaires will need to be completed during the test session. Children will receive a small gift as a token of appreciation, and parents will receive $5 for completing the questionnaires.

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

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. Those who qualify for the study 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 Samantha Mitchell at 765-496-0207 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1410015417.

Engineering design and computer science sessions for children with high-functioning autism

Researchers are looking for families who have children ages 8-10 with high-functioning autism. Families will be engaged in an engineering design activity and have the option to participate in a computer science session at Wang Hall.

Each session is approximately 90 minutes (180 minutes in total if participating in both). Participants must complete the engineering design session to be able to participate in the computer science session.

Families will be video-recorded during the session and will be asked to answer some questions after finishing the activity. Families can earn $25 for each session they complete (up to $50) for their participation.

For more information or to participate, contact Hoda Ehsan at hehsan@purdue.edu or 631-6919913. The project supervisor is Monica Cardella (mcardell@purdue.edu, 765-496-1206).  IRB#: 1801020073. 

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 on how aphasia affects ability to produce sentences and words

Professor Jiyeon Lee and her research team at Purdue are conducting studies that aim to better understand how aphasia affects one’s ability to produce sentences and words. The goal of these studies is to develop new language treatment for aphasic patients. The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health. 

The Aphasia Research Laboratory is currently recruiting persons with aphasia following a stroke who have no history of other neurological diseases and are native speakers of English. The study will take one to eight sessions, and each session will take approximately two hours. The study includes a comprehensive language evaluation and will take place at Purdue, the lab's Indianapolis location or at the participant's home. 

For more information, email aphasia@purdue.edu, visit the lab's website or call 765-496-0216. IRB#: 1406014987. 

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 three hours of exercise per week, no history of cardiovascular disease, and weight stable (± 6.5 pounds 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.

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.


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