February 14, 2019

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

Studies for couples

Men and women who are currently involved in a romantic relationship are being sought for several studies on romantic relationships. Each study involves different activities and payment (up to $90 per person, combining cash and Amazon gift cards).​

Eligibility is determined by taking a short survey. One member of the couple will take the survey first, and then the survey will be sent to the other person.

​For more information, email couplestudy@purdue.edu. The studies are being conducted by Ximena Arriaga, professor of psychological sciences. IRB#: 1505016116.

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.

Maternal Context of Pregnancy Project: Non-pregnant comparison group

Women ages 18-45 who live within 45 minutes of Purdue's West Lafayette campus are invited to participate in the non-pregnant comparison group for the Maternal Context of Pregnancy Project, which examines the relationships between experiences mothers may have during pregnancy and how those experiences might "get under the skin" and affect children’s development. The comparison group of non-pregnant women will help to determine whether similar experiences affect pregnant and non-pregnant women similarly or differently.

Participation includes an online questionnaire, hair samples (three times spaced 14 weeks apart) and a cheek swab at the final visit.

Participants will be compensated $20 per assessment (a total of $60 for the whole study) as appreciation for their time.

For more information, contact Emily or Kristine at BDL@purdue.edu or on Facebook: the Biobehavioral Development Lab at Purdue. IRB#:1704019124.

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. 

Study on augmented reality wearable technology

Researchers are looking for participants to take part in a new study regarding augmented reality wearable technology. The purpose of this study is to determine what distracts people the most in augmented reality, the results of which researchers hope will inform future interface designs. This research will compare two different types of information, text and shapes, which will be shown in AR while the participant plays a computer matching game at the same time.

The study will take about an hour, and a $25 Amazon gift card will be given to the participant who identifies the most text/shapes correctly and scores the highest in the matching game. All trials must be completed to be eligible for the gift card.

For more information or to sign up for this research study, contact Allison Hopkins at hopkin25@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1805020597. 

Speech perception in children with and without speech sound disorder

Typically developing children ages 4 and 5 are needed to participate in a research project on speech perception and speech production conducted by Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  

Children will be asked to attend two to three sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. For travel expenses, parents will receive $10 per session, and children will receive a toy for each session. Children will also receive a free speech, language and hearing evaluation. 

For more information, contact the Child Phonology Lab at 765-496-0345 or childspeech@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1701018731. 

Language processing in young children

Children ages 4 years 6 months to 5 years 11 months are needed to participate in a language processing research study conducted by Professor Christine Weber and Professor Laurence Leonard in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  

To participate in this study, children must be native speakers of English, in general good health, have no hearing difficulties, and no history of neurological problems.

Children will be asked to attend up to three sessions, each lasting one to one and half hours. During these sessions, researchers will test the child’s hearing, speech and language skills. The child also will be asked to listen to some words or sounds, and look at pictures on a monitor while researchers record their brain waves (EEG) with an elastic cap. Children will receive $10 per hour and will get to pick a prize after each session, and parents will receive $10 per session to reimburse for expenses.  Parents also will receive a written report based on their child’s speech and language testing. 

For more information, contact Jennifer Schumaker at the Neural Systems for Language Processing Lab at 765-496-2435 or jschumak@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1408015122.

Study on common types of interpersonal situations people experience in the workplace

Researchers are looking for participants who are 18 years old or older, work at least 30 hours per week (Monday-Friday), and can take short breaks (about 5 minutes) during the workday to use their smartphone.

Participants can earn a $65 gift card for completing all parts of the study, as well as the opportunity to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Individuals interested in participating should contact the research team at psychresearch@purdue.edu.   

This study is examining the common types of interpersonal situations people experience in the workplace, and how these situations affect people's daily job attitudes and behaviors. For this study, participants will first come to the Purdue campus to complete study orientation and a preliminary survey (about one hour). Second, over a period of two business weeks (Monday-Friday), participants will use their smartphone to complete three short surveys per day (three to five minutes each) asking about current work situations and daily work attitudes and behavior. Third, participants will be asked to complete an ending survey (about 20 minutes) using a link sent via email. Other than the study orientation, all parts of the study will be completed remotely.

For more information about scheduling or questions about this research study, contact Rachel Saef at psychresearch@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1805020581. 

Study investigating walking stability when infants and toddlers carry toys 

Newly walking infants and toddlers are needed for a study investigating walking stability. Research has shown that infants holding toys in a standing task show an increase in standing stability. Researchers are interested in whether the same is true when infants/toddlers are walking while carrying toys. Infants and toddlers will engage in a 20-minute free-play session with toys of different sizes and weights and then will be encouraged to walk down a straight pathway carrying toys of different sizes and weights. To measure walking characteristics (e.g., walking speed, step length, step width), children will wear reflective markers on their ankles, so that we can capture their movements using specialized motion capture cameras.   

The project consists of a 40- to 45-minute session at the Life-Span Motor Development Lab located in Lambert Gymnasium. Newly walking infants (ages 13 months to 14 months) must be capable of walking independently (without any support) for at least 10 consecutive steps. Researchers are also recruiting toddlers (ages 23.5 to 24.5 months). Children will receive a Motor Development Lab T-shirt, and parents will receive $5 for travel costs.

For more information or to participate, contact Laura Claxton, associate professor of health and kinesiology, at 765-496-2293 or ljclaxton@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1608018080.  

Research project investigating 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 1-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.

Adult listeners needed for speech study

The I-EaT (Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing) Lab, under the direction of Professor 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. Those who qualify for the study 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.

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 25 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. 

Engineering design and computer science sessions for children with high-functioning autism

Researchers are looking for families who have children ages 8-10 with high-functioning autism. Families will be engaged in an engineering design activity and have the option to participate in a computer science session at Wang Hall.

Each session is approximately 90 minutes (180 minutes in total if participating in both). Participants must complete the engineering design session to be able to participate in the computer science session.

Families will be video-recorded during the session and will be asked to answer some questions after finishing the activity. Families can earn $25 for each session they complete (up to $50) for their participation.

For more information or to participate, contact Hoda Ehsan at hehsan@purdue.edu or 631-6919913. The project supervisor is Monica Cardella (mcardell@purdue.edu, 765-496-1206).  IRB#: 1801020073. 

Study: Are there benefits to eating yogurt for breakfast?

Researchers are looking for participants for a study looking at possible benefits of eating yogurt for breakfast.

Researchers will provide different types of yogurts to participants to consume at home for breakfast. For each type of yogurt, participants will complete a four-hour testing day that measures feelings of appetite (hunger and fullness) and cognitive performance. Participants will be paid for completing all study procedures. 

For more information, contact leidylab@purdue.edu and mention the Yogurt Study. IRB#: 1711019935. 

Study examining performance on repeat trials of Boggle word game

Men ages 18 and older are being sought for a study examining performance on repeat trials of the Boggle word game.

The experiment will take no more than 30 minutes and will take place in the Psychological Sciences Building. Participants will be compensated $3-$10. Individuals interested in participating may sign up for a time slot online

For more information about scheduling, contact Alexa Overton at aoverton@purdue.edu. Questions about the research should be directed to Louis Tay, principal investigator, at stay@purdue.edu, or Tamara Montag-Smit, co-investigator, at tamontag@bsu.edu. IRB#: 1804020493. 

Study on how aphasia affects ability to produce sentences and words

Professor Jiyeon Lee and her research team at Purdue are conducting studies that aim to better understand how aphasia affects one’s ability to produce sentences and words. The goal of these studies is to develop new language treatment for aphasic patients. The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health. 

The Aphasia Research Laboratory is currently recruiting persons with aphasia following a stroke who have no history of other neurological diseases and are native speakers of English. The study will take one to eight sessions, and each session will take approximately two hours. The study includes a comprehensive language evaluation and will take place at Purdue, the lab's Indianapolis location or at the participant's home. 

For more information, email aphasia@purdue.edu, visit the lab's website or call 765-496-0216. IRB#: 1406014987. 

Word learning study for preschool children

Researchers are seeking 4- and 5-year-old children with speech-language delays to participate in a study of word learning.

There will be one to two sessions of testing to determine eligibility, followed by five to six research sessions if eligible. Each research session also includes general language enrichment activities centered on children’s books. Families receive $10 per session and a speech, language and hearing evaluation for their child. These one-hour sessions may be scheduled at Purdue in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; if parents prefer, some sessions may 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. 

Nutrition study on Mediterranean-style diets and health

Researchers are looking for men and women who would like to volunteer for a research study that assesses the effects of consuming Mediterranean diets varying in glycemic index on cardiometabolic health and well-being.

Participants will have all food provided to them throughout the intervention and will be compensated $600 for completion of all study procedures. If someone chooses to terminate participation prior to the end of the study, partial payment will be provided based on length of their participation.

Principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science.

Participants should be ages 30-69 with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 37, nonpregnant, nondiabetic, not participating in more than three hours of exercise per week, no history of cardiovascular disease, and weight stable (± 6.5 pounds in previous three months).

​For more information, contact Robert Bergia in the Department of Nutrition Science at rbergia@purdue.edu. Reference study S50 when responding. IRB#: 1610018310.

Almond study

Male and female participants are needed by the Department of Nutrition Science to study the role of almond consumption on metabolism. The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science.

Participants must be ages 18-60 and have no nut allergies. Compensation is $400 upon completion of the study.

To participate or for more information, contact Steph at hunter99@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1702018808.


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