May 26, 2016
Researchers in various studies looking for participants
Here is a list of research studies that currently are looking for participants.
Kids needed for a study on brain activity during speech
Bridget Walsh, research scientist in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, is interested in how areas of the brain are active when people talk. Children are needed to participate in one 1 1/2 hour session in a lab in Lyles-Porter Hall.
A newer, safe neuroimaging technique that records brain activity at the surface of the head will be used while the participant views and describes what is going on in different picture scenes.
To participate, children must be 7-12 years old. Participants must be native speakers of American English and have no neurological, learning, developmental, speech/language, or hearing disorders. Participants also must not be taking medication that would be expected to affect brain activity (e.g., for depression, ADHD, etc.).
Each participant will be compensated $20 for their participation. Parking is free and located in the Harrison Street Garage, attached to Lyles-Porter Hall.
For more information, contact Bridget Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 496-0151, and be sure to leave your contact information. IRB#: 0507002850.
Nutrition research study
Men and women ages 30 to 69 are needed for a nutrition research study assessing the effects of consuming a Mediterranean diet that is restricted or rich in red meats on cardiometabolic health and well-being.
Measurements will include blood pressure, fasting blood lipids, glucose and insulin, and perceived physical and mental health, including sleep quality.
The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science.
Participants should be age 30 to 69, overweight, not currently consuming a weight-loss or specific diet, nonpregnant, nonsmoking, and nondiabetic. Participants will be compensated $500 for completing the study.
For more information, contact Lauren O'Connor in the Department of Nutrition Science at email@example.com. Please reference study S44 when responding. IRB#: 1501015662.
Study looking for 4- and 5-year-olds who stutter
The Purdue Stuttering Project is seeking 4- and 5-year-old children who stutter (repeat sounds, syllables and words) to participate in a study on persistence and recovery from stuttering. Children will receive a free evaluation of their speech, language and hearing abilities, plus a written report. Families of eligible children will receive $100 following five testing sessions. Children must speak English, have normal hearing and have no learning or cognitive difficulties.
The principal investigator is Anne Smith in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. For more information, contact Barbara Brown, project coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-496-6403. IRB#: 0507002850.
Study on how brain combines sight and sound
Children age 11-12 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.
Natalya Kaganovich, assistant 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 research sessions, 1.5 to 2 hours each. Participants will first take a series of standardized tests that will evaluate working memory, nonverbal intelligence, and language skills.
Children will then participate in two brain-wave recordings during which their brain activity to audiovisual speech 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 11-12 years old; typically developing 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.
To participate, contact Jennifer Schumaker at email@example.com, or call 49-44445 and leave your contact information. IRB#: 0909008484.
Study on language and motor learning in children
Children ages 4-6 with speech sound disorders (including childhood apraxia of speech) and children who are typically developing are needed to participate in a study on language and motor development being conducted by Lisa Goffman in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
Children will attend three sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. Children will receive a toy, and parents will be paid $10. per hour. Children also will receive a free speech, language and hearing evaluation.
For more information, contact Janet Vuolo at 765-494-1669 or firstname.lastname@example.org. IRB#: 1311014202.
Study to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain
Chinese- and English-speaking adults with normal hearing are needed for an experimental study to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain.
Subjects will participate in a minimum of two two-hour research sessions. Subjects will be asked to fill out forms before the actual experiment. The experimental procedure consists of recording electrical activity from the brain (using EEG-type electrodes attached to the head) in response to various sounds presented through headphones at comfortable listening levels. The subject's task is to lie back and relax on a recliner situated in a sound-treated booth.
There will be about 40 subjects in the study. All research will be performed in the Auditory Electrophysiology Laboratory, Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3043.
Participation in the study is voluntary. Participants who withdraw from the study before completion will receive compensation pro-rated based on amount of time completed. Payment will be given to subjects in the form of cash at the end of each session. Subjects are compensated at $25/session.
All subjects must be 20-35 years old, be right-handed, have no history of brain injury or psychiatric problems, and have normal hearing sensitivity by self-report. Chinese subjects must be native speakers of Mandarin from mainland China, have received formal instruction in English no earlier than age 9, and have no more than three years of music training on any combination of instruments.
English-speaking subjects must be native English speakers from the United States, must have no familiarity with spoken Chinese or any other tone language and have no more than three years of music training on any combination of instruments.
To participate, contact Whitney Lyle at email@example.com. IRB#: 0506002731.
Talking about cancer with your children
A team of communication researchers at Purdue is recruiting parents who have been (or whose spouse has been) diagnosed with cancer for participation in an anonymous online survey about their cancer-related communication patterns with their child(ren). Researched are interested in questions such as how have you talked to your child(ren) about cancer over time.
All participants must be 18 years or older, speak English, have been diagnosed with cancer within the past five years or been partnered with someone who has been diagnosed with cancer within the past five years, and have been parenting a child age 6-17 who was living in their home during the time of diagnosis.
The purpose of this research is to better understand how parents talk with their children about cancer-related information. Participants will be compensated with a Redbox code for a free movie rental.
Study on age and listening to speech in noise
Individuals age 18-36 or age 60 years and older are needed to participate in a study on listening and aging. Participants must be native speakers of North American English and nonsmokers, with no history of speech, language, reading, cognitive, or neurological disorders.
Participants will be paid $12 per hour for one session lasting approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This study is being conducted by Professor Alexander Francis in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
For more information, contact Jennifer Schumaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-494-6710. IRB#: 1503015878.
Study on effects of heterogeneous information characteristics and sources on evacuation behavior
Men and women age 18 and older and affiliated with the West Lafayette campus are being sought for a study on the effects of heterogeneous information characteristics and sources on evacuation behavior.
The purpose is to understand the characteristics of information propagation from different dissemination sources including social networking services and the impact of heterogeneous information on the evacuation decision-making process.
Participants will complete a survey that takes about eight minutes to finish. It is anonymous.
To participate, contact Lingyu Zheng at email@example.com, or call 765-496-9768 and leave your contact information. IRB#: 1603017447
Transgender identity disclosure to medical providers
Transgender individuals who are at least 18 years of age and speak English fluently are being sought to participate in one-on-one telephone interviews about talking to their medical provider.
The purpose of this research is to better understand these disclosure interactions between transgender individuals and their providers, and interviews will last about one hour. All responses will be kept completely confidential.
Participants will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of three $25 Amazon gift cards (odds of winning 47:1). To register to participate, go to http://ow.ly/SO0x1 to first answer a few questions. Researchers will then contact individuals to set up an interview time.
For more information, contact Brooke Friley at firstname.lastname@example.org. IRB#: 1510016572.
Walking for our health: A couple-focused approach to promote physical activity
Couples age 50 and older who need to increase their physical activity are being sought for a study.
The purpose of the study is to learn more about activities that help people be more active. This study requires the participation of both partners in a committed relationship.
Each partner will receive $30 for completion of this study and will keep the pedometer they used during the study.
For more information, email email@example.com. IRB#: 1601016971.
Word learning study for children
Researchers are seeking 4- and 5-year-old children who are monolingual English speakers with typical development for a word learning study.
The study consists of three visits lasting approximately two hours each. Children will be asked to participate in word learning tasks, a hearing screening, and assessments of language and problem-solving skills. Participants will be paid $9/hour, and children will receive a small prize after each visit. Parents will receive information about their test performance.
For more information, contact Eileen Haebig, postdoctoral research fellow, at 765-496-2435 or firstname.lastname@example.org. IRB#: 1408015122.
Study on effect of potatoes on potassium retention, acid base balance and blood pressure reduction
Researchers in the Department of Nutrition Science are seeking male and female volunteers to take part in a study to investigate the effect of potatoes on potassium retention, acid base balance, and blood pressure reduction.
To be eligible, participants must be age 45-70, and women must be at least four years post menopause (natural or post-hysterectomy). Participants must be characterized as mildly hypertensive and not currently taking medication for hypertension.
Eligibility will be determined through a screening process. The study requires regular visits to the Department of Nutrition Science and will involve four 16-day periods, which will include urine and fecal collection, blood testing and blood pressure measurement. Participants will be asked to adhere to a controlled diet for which all meals and snacks will be provided.
The principal investigator is Connie Weaver, distinguished professor in the department. Compensation for total completion of the study is $1,260.
Women needed for a research study on the effects of contraceptives on bone health
Women are needed for a research study investigating the effect of oral vs. non-oral contraceptives on bone health. Participants will receive measures of body composition and bone density, hormone levels and physical fitness, and will take hormonal contraceptives during the study.
Participants must be women age 18-25 who have regular menstrual cycles, i.e., at least nine menses in the past 12 months; have not taken birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives in the last six months; and are not planning to become pregnant in the next 12 months.
The study requires regular visits to the Department of Nutrition Science over the course of approximately one year. Participants will be asked to use two different forms of contraceptives, an oral contraceptive pill and a vaginal ring.
If interested in participating, call the Weaver lab at 765-494-6559 or emailFNbone@purdue.edu. In your phone call or email mention the "Calcium Contraception and Bone Study." IRB#: 15070162227.
Study on beverage consumption and fine motor control
Participants are being sought for a study evaluating the effect of beverage consumption on fine motor control.
Participants will consume beverages for 12 weeks, taking measurements every other week to assess change over time. Participants must be willing to consume up to 1.8 liters of non-carbonated beverages daily to participate in this study. Participants will be compensated $300.
Participants must be age 18-60, overweight but otherwise healthy and non-users of diet beverages for more than six months.
The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science.
Study on bariatric gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery and risk of iron deficiency
Nana Gletsu-Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Science, and her research team are recruiting women who have had bariatric gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery in order to determine the risk of having iron deficiency.
Participants will have a study visit at the Purdue Clinical Research Laboratories, where a blood draw will be taken for measurement of iron status.
Women ages 18 to 50 who have had gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy are eligible. Compensation is $30.
To participate, contact Renee Mischler at email@example.com or 765-494-1860. IRB#: 1410015305.
Researchers in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University 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 your home, two visits at a park or playground of your choice, and one laboratory visit on Purdue's campus. In addition, each parent will answer some questionnaires about your family. Parents must be 18 years or older to be eligible to participate.
A payment of $20 per visit will be given to participating parents as appreciation for their time. For more information, contact Laura Anaya at firstname.lastname@example.org. IRB#: 1505016087.
Women needed for a research study on the effects of contraceptives on bone health and hormonal status
Women who exercise are needed for a research study investigating the effect of oral vs. non-oral contraceptives on the production of hormones essential for growth and the maintenance of bone health. Participants will receive measures of body composition, hormone levels and aerobic fitness, and will also be given the option to take hormonal contraceptives during the study.
Participants should be women age 18-31 who have regular menstrual cycles, i.e., at least nine menses in the past 12 months, and have not taken birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives in the last six months.
The study requires regular visits to Department of Nutrition Science over the course of four months. Participants can choose to take a contraceptive option or not during the study. Within the contraceptive use group, participants are randomly assigned to use of an oral contraceptive pill or the vaginal ring. The principal investigator is Connie Weaver, distinguished professor in the department.
If interested in participating, call Berdine Martin at 494-6559 or Mike Stone at 494-0385, or send an email to FNbone@purdue.edu. In your phone call or email, please mention the Contraception Study. IRB#: 1410015308.