September 17, 2021

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

 

Study on hearing and aging

The Systems Neuroscience of Auditory Perception Lab is conducting research to understand how the ears and brain help people to communicate in situations with background sounds, like crowded restaurants and busy streets.

Individuals may be eligible to participate in the study if they:

  • Are 18-70 years old.
  • Have no known neurological problems.
  • Have normal hearing in quiet places (e.g., one-on-one conversations at home).

Participation involves performing sound-based tasks and brainwave measurements. Participants will be compensated $16 per hour for their time.

The principal investigator is Hari Bharadwaj, assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. To learn more about the research and to participate, contact Varsha M Athreya at MTBSnapLab@gmail.com. IRB#: 1609018209.

 

Study on perception of English clear speech

Researchers are looking for native English speakers who are from the Midwest and have no hearing-impairment.

In the study, participants will fill out a demographic and a linguistic questionnaire first and then will hear a list of English sentences mixed with noise. The participants' task will be to type in every sentence they heard. The estimated time for completion is about 15-20 minutes, and participants will receive a $5 Amazon E-gift card.

The principal investigator is Olga Dmitrieva, associate professor in the  School of Language and Cultures. To participate, contact Ye-Jee Jung at jung292@purdue.edu. IRB#: 2021-329

 

The Your View Study

Families are being sought to participate in the Your View Study. Families will receive a kit mailed to their home with head-cameras, headbands and instructions. Parents and their children will wear the head-cameras and record their daily activities for up to four hours across one week. Parents will be asked to fill out questionnaires online also. Families will be compensated with a $60 Amazon gift card for their time.

The study is seeking families with children ages 2-5 who fit one of these descriptions:

  • Are on the autism spectrum.
  • Have Down syndrome.
  • Are typically developing.

The principal investigator is Carolyn McCormick, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. To participate or for more information, contact the Mac Lab at maclab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 2021-1114.

 

Study on how brain processes pitch of a sound

Normal hearing adults ages 18-35 years who are native American English or native Mandarin Chinese speakers are needed for a study to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain. The 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. Participants' task is to lie back, relax on a recliner situated in a sound-treated booth, and watch a muted video from the lab's film library.

Participants will be asked to fill out forms before the actual experiment and will be paid $25 per two-hour session. The study will be performed in the Auditory Electrophysiology Lab (Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3043).

Participants must be/have:

  • 18-35 years old.
  • Right-handed.
  • No or less than three years of musical training.
  • No previous history of brain injury or psychiatric problems.
  • Normal hearing sensitivity by self-report.

Chinese speakers must:

  • Be a native speaker of Mandarin from mainland China.
  • Have received formal instruction in English no earlier than the age of 9.
  • Have no more than three years of music training on any combination of instruments.

English speakers must:

  • Be a native American-English speaker from the United States.
  • Have no familiarity with spoken Chinese or any other tone language.
  • Have no more than three years of music training on any combination of instruments.

Individuals who meet the prescreening criteria listed above and are interested in volunteering for the study should contact Aditi Gargeshwari at agargesh@purdue.edu. IRB#: 506002731.

 

Study on impact of automation on cognitive workload

Researchers are seeking participants to understand how automation impacts people's abilities to perform tasks effectively and efficiently. Participants will be asked to identify objects in X-ray images of bags and then sort the bags into a designated bin. The task is similar to how bags are scanned by airport security personnel.

This study takes place online via Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Participant requirements:

  • Be 35-55 years of age.
  • Have access to a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam.
  • Have normal to corrected vision (glasses or contact lenses are acceptable).

One 1-1.5-hour session will be scheduled at a time convenient for the participant. Participation is voluntary, and participants can end participation at any time.

The principal investigator is Brandon Pitts, assistant professor in the School of Industrial Engineering. To learn more about the research and to participate, contact Shree Frazier at snfrazie@purdue.edu. IRB#: 2019-104.

 

Study on infant and toddler vegetable acceptance

The Child Temperament and Health Lab at Purdue is recruiting families to participate in a research study looking at infants’ responses to vegetables and caregivers' decisions about offering them to their child. Participating in the study will require two study visits, which will take place virtually via Zoom. Each virtual visit will last approximately 60-90 minutes. Participants will receive up to $80 in gift cards for participating.   

Individuals may be qualified to participate if they meet the following criteria:  

  • Child is between 6 months and 24 months of age.
  • Child was born at term (>37 weeks) and has experienced at least one complementary food (e.g., rice cereal).
  • Child has no food allergies or medical conditions.
  • Parent or caregiver is between 18 and 50 years of age. 
  • Participant home is located in the Greater Lafayette area of Indiana.

The principal investigator is Kameron Moding, assistant professor in Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Ellie Kielb at ekielb@purdue.edu and mention the “Infant Vegetable Study." IRB-2019-451.

 

Understanding the relationship of the gut microbiota on host health

The MINION research team in the Department of Nutrition Science is seeking individuals to participate in a study that aims to better understand the relationship of the gut microbiota on host health. The study requires approximately 1.5 hours of time to fill out a health survey and give a blood and fecal sample.

Researchers are seeking individuals over the age of 18 who have not taken antibiotics in six months. Participants will receive $20. Those interested should contact clapp5@purdue.edu.

The principal investigator for the study is Tzu-Wen Cross, assistant professor in Nutrition Science. IRB-2020-07.

 

Word learning study for preschool children

Researchers are seeking children to participate in a study of word learning. Children ages 4½ to 5 years old (54 months through 71 months) are eligible.

Families will receive $10 per session and a speech, language and hearing evaluation for their child. Six one-hour sessions are scheduled at Purdue in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.   

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.

 

Word learning study for preschool children with speech-language delays

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 are scheduled at Purdue in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

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. 

 

Telehealth study on speech for individuals ages 60-85

The Motor Speech Laboratory at Purdue is looking for individuals to participate in a telehealth study on speech.

This study has five sessions over a period of a month, and all sessions are completed online. Participants will be asked to interact with a computer-generated interaction, Nina, while producing different facial movements, providing speech samples and completing surveys. Both video and audio will be recorded during these sessions. Participants will be compensated $10 per session with a $20 bonus for completing all sessions. Professor Jessica Huber is the principal investigator for this study.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 60-85.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Normal language and cognition.
  • No history of neurological disease, pulmonary disease or voice disorder.
  • No history of head, neck or chest surgery.
  • Have access to an internet and web-camera enabled device.
  • Have adequate hearing (with or without amplification) to process verbal instruction and adequate vision to see the computer screen.
  • Nonsmoking for the last five years.

Individuals interested in participating should contact Sandy Snyder in the Motor Speech Laboratory at 765-494-6488 or email parkinsonresearch@purdue.edu for more information. IRB-2020-873.

 

Comparative study of video-based and VR-based simulation training in social skills development 

Purdue students who are over age 18 are sought to participate in a research study investigating how social skills can be developed through 360-degree video-based and virtual reality-based simulations.

Participants will receive a $25 Amazon gift card upon completion of all components of the study. Total participation will take about 2.5 hours. Some participants also may be invited for semi-structured interviews and will be compensated with an additional $25 Amazon gift card.

If interested in participating in the study, send an email to Yeling Jiang, project research assistant, at jiang424@purdue.edu with the subject line "Social Skills Development Research Study."

For more information, contact principal investigator Mesut Akdere, professor of technology leadership and innovation, at makdere@purdue.edu. IRB#: 2021-86.

 

Participants needed for hearing research

The Systems Neuroscience of Auditory Perception Lab is conducting research to understand how the ears and brain help people to communicate in situations with background sounds, like crowded restaurants and busy streets.

Individuals may be eligible to participate in the study if they are:

  • 30-59 years old.
  • Have no known neurological problems.
  • Have normal hearing in quiet places (e.g., one-on-one conversations at home).

Participation involves performing sound-based tasks and brainwave measurements. Participants will be compensated $16 per hour for their time.

The principal investigator is Hari Bharadwaj, assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. To learn more about the research and to participate, contact Subong Kim at kim3578@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1609018209.

 

Skeletal muscle microvascular oxygenation during exercise on an anti-gravity treadmill

Researchers are looking for men and women ages 18-30 who would like to volunteer for a research study evaluating the impact of anti-gravity treadmill exercise on skeletal muscle function.

Individuals may be qualified to participate if they meet the following criteria:

  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not have a known cardiovascular, pulmonary or metabolic disease.
  • Exercise up to three days a week.
  • Have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Participation in this research requires five experimental visits lasting approximately one hour each – two visits to the Wastl Human Performance Laboratory (Lambert Fieldhouse on West Lafayette campus) and three visits to Heritage Healthcare, LLC (3401 Soldiers Home Road). All five visits will involve exercise testing on either a standard treadmill or anti-gravity treadmill (AlterG) while using noninvasive techniques to measure pulmonary oxygen consumption and leg muscle oxygenation. The AlterG treadmill is widely used in sports medicine for rehabilitation and recovery but is not common in general commercial gyms. Subjects will get a chance to assess their physical fitness while exercising on the AlterG along other state-of-the-art equipment. Subjects will be compensated $8 per visit for their participation for a total of $40 at the end of the study if attending and completing all five experimental visits.

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. More information regarding standard operating procedures is available on the Protect Purdue website.

Individuals who are interested in this research study or who have questions should contact Michael Holmes at holmes94@purdue.edu. Daniel Hirai, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB #: IRB-2020-542.

 

Study on early development of children who have an older sibling with autism 

The Purdue Neurodevelopmental Family Lab is studying early development of 3-month-olds to 30-month-olds who have an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder. All study activities can be fully completed from home and include completing an online survey (approximately one hour), a phone interview (approximately one hour), a telehealth-based play session (approximately two hours), and a daylong audio recording of the child’s vocalizations.

Families are provided a $55 Amazon gift card and a brief developmental snapshot report for their time. More information is available online or by contacting Lisa at NDDFamilyLab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1811021381.

 

 

Toward ethical standards for the development of artificial intelligence and big data/machine learning systems

Researchers from the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships are seeking students and researchers who are over the age of 18 to participate in an anonymous online survey. Researchers aim to understand the current perspectives on the need for establishing ethical research and innovation standards to guide the development and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The total time involved to complete the survey is approximately 10 minutes.

Interested participants may access the Qualtrics survey online. 

Contact Cecon Mahapatra (cmahapat@purdue.edu), senior compliance officer, or Sean Courtney (courtnes@purdue.edu), research training manager, using the subject line “AI RCRI survey” for more information about the survey or for help accessing the online tool. For more information, contact Voichita Dadarlat, principal investigator and assistant vice president for research, at voichi@purdue.edu. IRB-2021-687.

 

Study on relationship of appetite ratings and eating pattern

Participants are needed for a research study to examine the relationship between appetite ratings and eating pattern. Men and women ages 18 to 64 with no physical health problems/disease are eligible to participate. Participants will be compensated $100.

The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science. Those interested in participating should contact Eunjin at cheone@purdue.edu. IRB-2020-1651.

 

Telehealth study on speech for individuals with Parkinson's disease

The Motor Speech Laboratory at Purdue is looking for individuals to participate in a telehealth study on speech.

This study has five sessions over a period of a month, and all sessions are completed online. Participants will be asked to interact with a computer-generated interaction, Nina, while producing different facial movements, providing speech samples and completing surveys. Both video and audio will be recorded during these sessions. Participants will be compensated $10 per session with a $20 bonus for completing all sessions. Professor Jessica Huber is the principal investigator for this study.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease.
  • Age 30-85.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Normal language and cognition.
  • No history of neurological disease (other than Parkinson's disease) or pulmonary disease.
  • No history of head, neck or chest surgery.
  • Have access to an internet and web-camera enabled device.
  • Have adequate hearing (with or without amplification) to process verbal instruction and adequate vision to see the computer screen.
  • Nonsmoking for the last five years.

Individuals interested in participating should contact Sandy Snyder in the Motor Speech Laboratory at 765-494-6488 or email parkinsonresearch@purdue.edu for more information. IRB-2020-873.

 

Study on how the brain combines sight and sound

Adults ages 18-40 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.

Participants will take part in up to four brain-wave recording sessions. 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, adults must be age 18-40; right-handed; 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, anxiety or depression).

Participants will be compensated $10 per hour. Evening and weekend sessions are available, if needed. 

This study is conducted by Natalya Kaganovich, associate professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences and of psychological sciences.

To participate or more information, contact Jennifer Schumaker at jschumak@purdue.edu. IRB#: 0909008484.

 

Daily study of relationship experiences and stress

Researchers are looking for men and women who are in a relationship, living together and are experiencing stress related to COVID-19 for a daily study of relationship experiences and stress. Participants must be ages 21-55 and fluent in English. Only one member from each couple will participate. Individuals must live in the United States to participate. 

Participants will complete an interview with a member of the study team via Zoom and complete surveys on their phone each day about their experiences, thoughts and behaviors. Participants can earn up to $175 for completing all parts of the study. Some eligibility restrictions may apply; contact the study team for more information.

To participate in this study, email DISTRESS@Purdue.edu or call 765-268-0839. The principal investigator is Susan South, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. IRB-2020-807.

  

Study on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function

The Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health (PANCH) Laboratory in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is looking for children ages 8-10 to participate in research on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function.

Participation in this research requires two visits on separate days to Lambert Fieldhouse. The first visit will last approximately three hours, involving computer games and a fitness test. The second visit will last about three hours and will involve health-related and demographic questionnaires, exercise and recoding of brain waves using techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG). Participation in this study will be compensated by a maximum total of $80.

Individuals interested in this research or who have any questions should email panchlaboratory@purdue.edu or call 765-496-7781. Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB-2020-123.

 

Study on effects of consuming different proportions of red meat and plant-based, protein-rich foods

This research study is assessing the effects of consuming different proportions of red meat and plant-based, protein-rich foods (nuts, seeds, and soy products) incorporated into a U.S. Healthy Eating Pattern on cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults at high risk of developing a heart-related disease.

The study seeks men and women who are willing to consume a U.S. Healthy Eating Pattern with varying proportions of red meat and plant-based, protein-rich foods for 10 weeks. All food will be provided. Participants are required to attend four study visits at the research site over approximately a three and a half month period. Individuals will be compensated $300 for participating in the study.

Interested subjects should be age 30 to 69, overweight, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Robert Bergia at rbergia@purdue.edu and mention the “US Healthy Eating Pattern plant-based and animal protein."

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. For more information regarding the standard operating procedures, visit https://protect.purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: IRB-2020-587.

 

Protein, exercise and muscle health study

Women ages 60-80 are wanted to participate in a study evaluating the impact of a high-protein diet and exercise on muscle and tendon health.

Researchers are seeking:

  • Healthy, nondiabetic individuals.
  • Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) less than or equal to 40.
  • Individuals who do not exercise frequently.

This research study will require:

  • 46 visits to the West Lafayette campus over a period of approximately four months.
  • Completion of 12 weeks of supervised exercise training.
  • A diet provided by research staff.

Individuals with claustrophobia or problems with tendons in the legs may not be able to enroll in this research study. For more information, contact Nathan Campbell at campb302@purdue.edu or 765-357-6717.

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. For more information regarding the standard operating procedures, visit https://protect.purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Chad C. Carroll, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. IRB# IRB-2019-218.

 

Mediterranean diet and mushroom nutrition study

This research study is assessing the effects of including mushrooms as part of a healthy eating pattern on indices of perceived mental health/anxiety/depression along with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

The study seeks men and women who are willing to consume a Mediterranean-style diet for eight weeks either with or without mushrooms. All food will be provided. Participants are required to attend three study visits at the research site over approximately a three-month period. Individuals will be compensated $300 for participating in the study.

Interested subjects should be age 30 to 69, overweight yet in general good health, nonsmokers and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Cassi Uffelman at cuffelma@purdue.edu and mention the “Mediterranean Diet and Mushroom Study."

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. For more information regarding the standard operating procedures, visit https://protect.purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: IRB-2019-650.

  

Cognition and perception experiment

The PACER lab (Psychophyiological Assessment of Cognition Emotion and Reward) is looking for volunteers ages 18-35 to participate in a study on brain activity who may relate to some or all of the following questions:

  • Do you ever feel as if things on the TV or radio were meant especially for you?
  • Do you ever think that people can communicate telepathically?
  • Do you feel that you only have few hobbies or interests?

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 the participant’s feelings and experiences. 

The lab visit lasts approximately four hours, and an online survey will need 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 how exercise may influence thinking and brain function (ages 8-10)

The Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health (PANCH) Laboratory in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is looking for children ages 8-10 to participate in a research study on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function.

Participation in this research requires three visits on separate days to the MRI facility at Purdue. The first visit may last approximately three hours and involves health-related and demographic questionnaires, computer games and a fitness test. The second and third visits each may last about two hours and involve exercise and recording of brain activity using techniques such as an MRI. Participation in this study will be compensated by a total of $70.

Individuals who are interested in this research or who have questions should contact baumgarn@purdue.edu or 765-496-7781. Professor Shih-Chun Kao in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is the principal investigator. IRB#: IRB-2019-114.


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