April 9, 2020
Researchers in various studies looking for participants
Here is a list of research studies that currently are looking for participants.
Study on automated video interviews
Upper-level undergraduates (juniors and seniors) are needed to participate in a study investigating automated video interviews.
Organizations are adopting automated video interviews to screen applicants, yet there is little evidence available to suggest that such assessments are reliable, valid or fair. Participants take a series of common selection procedures, including a personality test and ability test, and participate in a mock video interview. The study takes approximately 45 minutes. Participants are encouraged to use the study as a chance to practice their video interview skills, and for completing all components of the study, participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.
The study is available online. After participants complete the study, they are directed to a separate survey to enter their email for the Amazon gift card so that their responses are kept anonymous. Responses will be used to advance understanding of whether and under what conditions automated video interviews can be reliably used to screen applicants.
Study on use of shared e-scooter and bike share
A joint study by the schools of Industrial Engineering and Civil Engineering is looking for participants to take a survey related to the use of shared e-scooter and bike share. The survey is seeking to study the mobility pattern and user preference of such new mobility systems, and how they have changed the way people travel.
The survey is available online and will take approximately 5-8 minutes to complete. The participants will have the chance to win a $50 gift card. Responses are collected and analyzed anonymously. Responses will be used to analyze the travel pattern and improve the quality and efficiency of such new mobility systems.
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.
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.
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 meet three days a week for four weeks 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).
Although research activities involving face-to-face interaction with participants are currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, researchers hope to offer this program after the suspension is lifted.