June 13, 2019

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

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). 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.  

Adult listeners needed for speech study

The I-EaT (Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing) Lab, under the direction of 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 Samantha Mitchell at 765-496-0207 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1410015417. 

Swallowing and speech study for children with cerebral palsy

The I-EaT (Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing) Lab under the direction of Georgia Malandraki is looking for 7- to 12-year-old children with hemiplegic (unilateral) cerebral palsy to participate in a study with the overall goal of designing better treatments for speech and swallowing difficulties. 

Participants will receive speech, language and hearing testing, EMG recordings of muscle activity, and a free MRI of the brain.  All activities are child-friendly and can be completed in one, two, or three testing sessions, depending on parent preferences.   Families of eligible children will receive $80 at the conclusion of testing.

Testing sessions are conducted in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in Lyles-Porter Hall and in the Purdue MRI facility, and can be scheduled at times convenient for participants and families. For more information, contact Barbara Brown at 765-496-6403 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1410015417. 

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. 

Bitterness and spit study

The SPIT Lab in the Department of Nutrition Science is looking for men and women ages 18-45 to participate in a four-week study evaluating the effect of bitter flavor on saliva and flavor perception.

This study involves three tasting visits (60-75 minutes each) in the testing space. Between those visits, participants will taste and rinse with a colored, bitter-flavored solution four times per day for a total of four weeks. Participants will need to pick up the solutions daily and upload pictures of their tongue, which will be slightly colored by the food coloring in the solution.

Participants can earn up to $80 for completing all of these activities. The principal investigator for this study is Cordelia Running, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science.

For more information, contact Lissa Davis at davi1285@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1810021121. 

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 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 765-494-7660 and mention the "protein and sleep study."

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

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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