July 28, 2016
Researchers in various studies looking for participants
Here is a list of research studies that currently are looking for participants.
Recruiting participants for taste tests
The Running Lab in the departments of Nutrition Science and Food Science is looking for participants for taste and feeding studies. The principal investigator is Professor Cordelia Running.
Study on sound quality of HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) and refrigeration equipment sounds
Participants are needed for a study to evaluate how people respond to HVAC and refrigeration equipment.
Participants must be age 18-65 and have normal hearing without use of a hearing aid. Volunteers' hearing will be checked before starting the test.
Subjects will listen to different sounds and describe them verbally and rate them on a scale. Subjects will be compensated $10 for successfully completing a test session.
To participate or for more information, call 765-418-5356 or email email@example.com. IRB#: 1507016324.
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.
Child language research project
Children age 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 are needed to participate in a research study on verb learning. Children must be typically developing native English speakers.
Children will attend three sessions of 30-45 minutes each, during which they will play with toys, describe pictures, and play a "repeat and finish what I say" game about animated characters.
Children will receive a toy and/or book, and parents will be paid $10 per session. Children also will receive a free speech, language, and hearing screening.
The principal investigator is Laurence Leonard, distinguished professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
For more information, contact Windi Krok at 317-847-3995 or email@example.com. IRB #1506016180.
Study on Mandarin Chinese and intonation
Researchers in the Linguistics Program are conducting a study on Mandarin Chinese and intonation. Men and women age 18 and older who are native speakers of Chinese are eligible to participate. This study is completely voluntary, and participants will be compensated for their participation in the 30-minute study. All data collected will be de-identified for confidentiality purposes.
The principal investigator is Mary Niepokuj, associate professor of English and linguistics. For more information, email Joshua Perry, graduate researcher, at firstname.lastname@example.org. IRB#: 1503015861.
Study on alcohol, attention and behavior
Researchers are seeking men and women age 21 and older who are in heterosexual romantic relationships for a study on alcohol, attention and behavior.
The study is being conducted in the clinical psychology lab of Christopher Eckhardt, associate professor of psychological sciences and the principal investigator. This is a two-part study, and participants will receive $10 to $110 as compensation depending on the amount of time involved.
Wearable sensor study
Researchers are recruiting adults age 50 to 85 who experience difficulty with eating and swallowing as a result of a neurological disorder (e.g., stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, traumatic brain injury, ALS, multiple sclerosis).
This study requires one visit (approximately 60 minutes) to the laboratory. Eligible adults will receive a free X-ray evaluation of their swallowing. Participants will be compensated $50 for their participation.
This study will take place on the first floor of Lyles-Porter Hall. Free parking is offered to all participants in the Harrison Street Garage, next to Lyles-Porter Hall. Principal investigators are Cagla Kantarcigil and Georgia Malandraki.
For more information, contact Cagla Kantarcigil, PhD student, at email@example.com or 765-496-0207 and mention that you are calling about the sensor study. IRB#: 1605017777.
Study on how children with ADHD combine sight and sound
Children with a current diagnosis of ADHD ages 8-13 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.
Children will participate in 1-4 sessions, which are one to two hours long. Children will first be administered a series of tests that will evaluate working memory, attention, nonverbal intelligence, and language skills.
They will then participate in a brain wave recording during which their brain activity to both speech and non-speech information 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 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, stuttering and 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.
This study has been approved by the Purdue IRB (protocol #0909008484).
To participate, contact Jennifer Schumaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 49-44445 and leave your contact information.
Study of child temperament
Researchers are seeking children ages 5-8 to participate in a study of child temperament. This study consists of one session (about 45 minutes) during which the child will see pictures of faces while wearing an EEG cap with inserted sensors that record electrical brain activity. The parent will also fill out a questionnaire about their child.
Children will receive a toy, and the parent will receive $20 for compensation. 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 Evan Usler, PhD candidate, at email@example.com. IRB#: 0507002850.
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 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-494-1860. IRB#: 1410015305.
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.