August 15, 2019

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

Study on brain activity and depression

Volunteers are being sought for a study on brain activity and depression. Individuals who are ages 18-50, are fluent in English, and have some current symptoms of depression may be eligible to participate.

The study involves one visit to the lab lasting up to three hours, during which participants will be asked to complete and interview and several questionnaires, and have their brain activity recorded (EEG/fMRI) 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. The principal investigators for the study are Susan South, associate professor, and Daniel Foti, assistant professor, Department of Psychological Sciences. IRB#: 1707019408.

Study on fatty acids

Participants are needed by the Department of Nutrition Science to study the taste of the fatty acids. 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#: 1907022413.

Study of skill learning from augmented reality 

Participants are needed for a study to evaluate human skill learning using augmented reality applications.

Individuals must be18 years old to participate in the study. Also, participants must not have previous experience in circuitry or breadboarding. 

The user study sessions will last approximately 90-100 minutes each. Participants must be available for two sessions. Each will receive a compensation of $20 for successfully completing each session (total = $40). 

To participate or to request more information, contact Ana Villanueva at villana@purdue.edu.

Research study investigating changes in saliva due to electronic cigarette use

Purdue researchers in the School of Health Sciences are seeking healthy men and women ages 18-40 who are currently using electronic cigarettes.

Researchers are seeking individuals with limited use of conventional cigarettes in the last three years, who do not currently live with a conventional cigarette smoker, and have had no recent dental surgery or oral disease.

Participation in the study requires subjects to fast one hour prior to saliva collection and respond to two short questionnaires meant to evaluate general health and electronic cigarette usage. Saliva collection and questionnaires will occur during a single 20-minute laboratory visit on Purdue's campus. The study includes one visit of 20 minutes. Participants will receive $10 for completing the study.

For more information, contact Jonathan Shannahan at jshannah@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1906022340.

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. 

Psychology experiment

Women ages 30-60 who 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 four to five 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 in the Department of Psychological Sciences. IRB#: 1704019096.

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. 

Mental health and substance use among LGBTQ+ students

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center along with researchers at Purdue is looking for individuals under the age of 26 who identify as LGBTQ+ and who are currently enrolled as Purdue students. The goal of the study is to:

  • Understand substance use and mental health needs of LGBTQ undergraduate students on campus.
  • Provide educational seminars, resources, and activities surrounding mental well-being and substance use.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the programs implemented and assess improvement in student outcomes following program attendance.

Participation in the study is voluntary, and students can partake in as much and as little of the study as they desire.

Programs and educational resources will be available during the 2019 fall semester. Program information and resources will be disseminated by the LGBTQ Center (listserv, social media platforms and resources at the center’s physical location). A post-program survey will be conducted during the 2020 spring semester.

Those interested in completing the initial needs assessment survey should visit this webpage.

The survey is completely anonymous and will take between 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants will be provided more information via an information sheet prior to participation.

For more information, contact Aura Ankita Mishra at mishra30@purdue.edu.  The principal investigator is Evan Perrault, assistant professor of communication. IRB#:1904022040.

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. 

Research project investigating the 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 one-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. 

Study examining cognition and adaptable hand movements  

Researchers are looking for generally healthy persons ages 18 and over for a study being conducted to examine the relationships between cognitive capacity and adaptive movements performed with the fingers.  

Participation involves one visit to the lab lasting about two hours. The visit may include completing computer-based tasks that involve responding quickly with the fingers to visual cues on the screen. Participants will receive $15 for completing the study.

If interested, contact the research team at sambike@purdue.edu or call at 765-496-0567. The principal investigator for this study is Satyajit Ambike with the Department of Health and Kinesiology. IRB#: 1804020519. 

Almond study

Men and women are being sought to participate in a study evaluating the effect of almond consumption on metabolism.

To participate in this study, individuals must be 18-60 years old, have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 27, tend to gain weight in their hips, and have no nut allergies among other criteria. Compensation is $400 upon completion of the study.

The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science. For more information, contact Steph at hunter99@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1702018808. 

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. 

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. 

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 765-494-7660 and mention the “protein source study” for more information.

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

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.


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