July 19, 2024

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

 

Study on healthy eating choices in restaurants

Researchers are seeking individuals age 18 or older with recent dining experience in a sit-down restaurant to participate in a study aimed at understanding the factors that influence healthy eating choices when dining out.

Participants will first complete a 5-8 minute Qualtrics survey to determine eligibility. Responses will be confidential. Qualified participants will receive an email with the scheduled focus group meeting time and location. The focus group meeting will last about 90 minutes. After attending the focus group, participants will receive a $30 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary, and only the researchers will have access to the confidential data collected. Individuals interested in participating should complete the online survey.

For more information, contact Lucheng Wang at wang5325@purdue.edu. The primary investigator is Karen Byrd, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management. IRB#:2024-698.

 

Study on receiver, vehicle, and roadway systems for a dynamic wireless power transfer roadway testbed

Researchers are looking for adult residents in Indiana, specifically the Greater Lafayette area, to participate in a research study focused on understanding public perceptions and expectations regarding electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging, and a dynamic wireless power testbed project.

Participants will be asked to complete an online questionnaire survey of about 5-10 minutes in Qualtrics, which consists of questions related to perceptions about electric vehicles, charging technologies, and a dynamic wireless power transfer testbed, as well as some basic demographic information. The principal investigator is Nadia Gkritza, professor of civil engineering and agricultural and biological engineering. For more information, email nadia@purdue.edu. IRB-2023-786.

 

Child-mother storytelling and play study, and child behavior in preschool

Researchers in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies are seeking families with children between the ages of 40 and 66 months (approx. 3.5-5.5 years) to participate in a study on child-mother interactions and storytelling.

Participation in the study includes two short visits (15 minutes and 10 minutes) in your home and one laboratory visit on Purdue's campus (90-100 minutes). In addition, mothers will answer some questionnaires. Parents must be 18 years or older to be eligible to participate.

A payment of $30 will be given to participating mothers as appreciation for their time. Individuals who are interested want more information should contact Geurim at familyinteractionslab@purdue.edu. Include your child’s name and date of birth, your name, a telephone number or e-mail address to reach you, and the best time to be contacted.

The principal investigator is German Posada, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. IRB#: 2021-1189.

 

Effects of dance training on balance testing  

Individuals ages 18-30 are needed to participate in a study on the effects of dance training on clinical balance testing. Participants should have normal hearing and normal or corrected to normal vision; should not be susceptible to motion sickness; and should have no history of migraines or difficulties with balance. Researchers are seeking individuals who have dance experience as well as those with no dance experience. Researchers intend to enroll up to 40 participants, with equal numbers of dancers and nondancers.

Participants will be paid $15 for one session, approximately 60 minutes long. This study is conducted on the Purdue University campus in Lyles-Porter Hall. Participants must be able to come to the research site.

The principal investigators involved in the study are Alexander Francis and Melissa Newell in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. For more information or to schedule a time to participate, contact Gillian Battung at gbattung@purdue.edu. IRB #: IRB-2024-515.

 

Study on exercise, cognition, and emotion

Young adults ages 18-25 are needed to participate in research studies on how exercise may influence cognitive function and emotion.

Participants will be compensated up to $120 for completing the study.

Participation requires three visits to Lambert Fieldhouse. Each visit will last about two hours, involving health questionnaires, computer games, exercise and assessment of brain activation (i.e., electroencephalogram [EEG]). Participation in this study will also involve the wearing of a small device (i.e., accelerometer) that measures daily movement for seven days.

For more information, contact the Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health Lab at sonbasi@purdue.edu in the Department of Health. The principal investigator is Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor of health and kinesiology. IRB-2024-355.

 

Study on serum advanced glycation end products and alterations of tendon properties

The purpose of this research is to determine if markers in blood serum are related to changes in tendon properties, especially in individuals with diabetes. Researchers are seeking men and women ages 40-75 to participate in a study evaluating impact of pre-diabetes and diabetes on tendon health. To participate, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • 40-75 years old.
  • Not physically active.
  • Women who are pregnant will be excluded.
  • Individuals with claustrophobia or implanted objects (metal plates, screws, etc.) who cannot complete an MRI assessment will be excluded.
  • Individuals with any orthopedic condition that would prevent them from properly performing knee extensions will be excluded.
  • Individuals with prior knee replacement or knee surgeries (e.g. ACL reconstruction).
  • Chronic users of acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or prescription cyclooxygenase inhibitors.
  • Individuals with physician-diagnosed liver disease.

Participants will conduct five to six sessions at Purdue. Each session will last 30-45 minutes. The first session is an initial interview and screening. The second session consists of a fasted blood draw. Visits three through five are patellar tendon assessments using ultrasound imaging (visits two and three may be combined). Visit six is an MRI scan of the patellar tendon.

Benefits for participants:

  • Although there are no direct benefits, the knowledge gained from this study may benefit future diabetic patients with tendon problems by providing new information that could lead to the development of new treatment options.
  • Participants will be compensated $75 for completing this study.

For more information or to participate, contact Eric Gutierrez at gutie216@purdue.edu or 765-205-2357 (please leave a message). Learn more about the lab and research at https://hhs.purdue.edu/carroll-lab/.

The primary investigator is Chad Carroll, associate professor of health and kinesiology. IRB#: 2023-1703.

 

Infant sense to learn word-learning study

Families with children ages 22-28 months are needed for a study about how children learn new words. Children learn language by interacting with the world around them using different senses, like sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. Researchers are interested in how sensory experiences affect how children learn language.

Families will complete a single one-hour visit at the child-friendly research space at Purdue. Children will do things like learn new words, look at pictures and interact with toys, and caregivers will complete online surveys. Families will receive $30 for visiting the lab plus $10 for completing surveys online, and children will receive a book. 

To confirm eligibility to participate, complete an online survey or contact the Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition (LLaMA) Lab at 765-496-0427 or llamalab@purdue.edu. The principal investigator is Arielle Borovsky, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. IRB-2022-1471.

 

Multi-fingerprint data collection 

The International Center for Biometric Research is looking for participants to test the performance of multiple fingerprint recognition systems. Outcomes of the study will help in furthering the understanding of the performance and how to improve the fingerprint recognition systems based on the collected data. 
 
Participants should be age 18 and older and know and understand English. The study will consist of one 40-minute lab visit at Young Hall, Room B020. Participants will receive compensation of $20 at the completion of their visit.

Those interested in participating should follow the instructions below:  

  1. Sign up by clicking here.
  2. Select “Multi-Fingerprint Test.”
  3. Pick a day and time that works for you.
  4. Fill in the required information.

The principal investigator is Stephen Elliott, associate dean for academic programs in the Polytechnic Institute. Any questions regarding the study can be addressed to elliott@purdue.edu. IRB-2022-1378.

 

Baby Exploration Project

Researchers are inviting families with babies up to 2-years-old in the West Lafayette-Lafayette and surrounding areas to participate in a study of how babies explore their home environment.

A researcher will visit participants at home for two to three hours while families and the baby go about daily activities. Participants will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

For more information visit www.baby-exploration-project.org. To sign up, contact Paige Thompson at motordev@purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Laura Claxton, associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Purdue IRB# 2021-1249/ NYU IRB# FY2021-5660.

 

Study on how the brain combines sight and sound for children with language difficulty

Children who have language difficulty are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.

To participate, children must meet the following criteria:

  • 8-12 years old.
  • Normal nonverbal intelligence.
  • Have difficulty using or understanding language, which may include some of the following: 
    • Small vocabulary.
    • Slow to process written/oral language or have difficulty following instructions.
    • Grammatical errors when speaking (such as sometimes omitting the past tense -ed or the plural -s) 
    • Poor short-term memory for language. 
    • Speak in sentences that are shorter or simpler than typical for their age.
    • May have a diagnosis of learning disability, language delay, or sound processing disorder.
  • No neurological disorders such as autism, seizures or cerebral palsy (we can include children with ADHD/ADD).
  • Can be either monolingual or bilingual. However, if bilingual, English must be the primary language. 

Children will participate in up to eight research sessions. Each session will last 1.5-2 hours. During the first two sessions, standardized tests will be administered to evaluate children’s nonverbal intelligence and language skills. During the last six sessions, children’s brain activity will be recorded with the help of a special cap with built-in electrodes (similar to EEG recordings) while they are doing different tasks. There is no discomfort involved, and the method has been safely used with infants, children and adults. Families can withdraw at any time.

Benefits for families:

  • Parents receive a detailed report on hearing and vision screening, nonverbal intelligence and comprehensive language and literacy skills of their child.
  • Children are paid $10/hour and receive a small toy for each visit.
  • Parents are paid $10/session to help with gas expenses.

For more information or to participate, contact Jennifer Schumaker at jschumak@purdue.edu or 765-494-4445 (leave a message). Learn more about the lab online.

The primary investigator is Natalya Kaganovich, associate professor of speech, language and hearing sciences and psychological sciences. IRB#: 0909008484.

 

Study on how the brain combines sight and sound for school-aged children 

Eight- and 11-year-old boys and girls and 12-year-old boys are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.

To participate, children must meet the following criteria:

  • Eight- and 11-year-old boys and girls, and 12-year-old boys.
  • Normal nonverbal intelligence.
  • Typical language skills.
  • Right-handed.
  • No neurological disorders such as autism, seizures or cerebral palsy (we can include children with ADHD/ADD).
  • Can be either monolingual or bilingual. However, if bilingual, English must be the primary language. 

Children will participate in up to eight research sessions. Each session will last 1.5-2 hours. During the first two sessions, standardized tests will be administered that will evaluate children’s nonverbal intelligence and language skills. During the last six sessions, children’s brain activity will be recorded with the help of a special cap with built-in electrodes (similar to EEG recordings) while they are doing different tasks. There is no discomfort involved, and the method has been safely used with infants, children and adults. Families can withdraw at any time.

Benefits for families:

  • Parents receive a detailed report on hearing and vision screening, nonverbal intelligence and comprehensive language and literacy skills of their child.
  • Children are paid $10/hour and receive a small toy for each visit.
  • Parents are paid $10/session to help with gas expenses.

For more information or to participate, contact Jennifer Schumaker at jschumak@purdue.edu or 765-494-4445 (leave a message). Learn more about the lab online.

The primary investigator is Natalya Kaganovich, associate professor of speech, language and hearing sciences and psychological sciences. IRB#: 0909008484.

 

Determining associations between oral cysteine exposure and bacteria that produce genotoxic hydrogen sulfide via cysteine metabolism 

The Wolf Research Lab in the Department of Nutrition Science is conducting a study to learn more about bacteria and items people put in their mouths, like food and tobacco products.  

This study may be a good fit for individuals if they are:

  • 18-80 years old.
  • Not pregnant.
  • Have not taken antibiotics in the past six months.

Individuals who decide to take part in the research study will: 

  • Come to Purdue for one screening visit and two research visits.
  • Have their weight, height, body composition and calorie needs measured. 
  • Complete several surveys about health, diet and experiences.
  • Provide a stool and saliva sample.

Participants will receive a $25 gift card to compensate for their time and reimbursement for travel. To learn more about this research, contact Patricia Wolf, principal researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Science, at 765-496-0143 or email wolfpm@purdue.edu. IRB #IRB-2023-916.

  

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.

 

Recruiting participants for a survey on parent feeding strategies

The Child Temperament and Health Lab is looking to recruit parents of preschoolers (3-5 years of age) to participate in a Qualtrics survey conducted by researchers at Purdue. The survey will be conducted fully online and takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Participants will be compensated $15 for their time.

The principal investigator is Kameron Moding, assistant professor in Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Individuals interested in participating in this study should contact Ellie Kielb at ekielb@purdue.edu with the header "Parent Feeding Strategies Survey.” IRB-2022-482.

  

Health effects of grain foods in adults

Participants are needed by the Department of Nutrition Science to study the health effects of grain foods.

Participants must:

  • Be age 21 to 60.
  • Have a hemoglobin A1c of 5.7-6.4%.
  • Be a nonsmoker.
  • Have no sensitivity or allergy to grain foods.

Participants have the potential to earn up to $1,000 in 14 weeks. Contact Giorgia at grutigli@purdue.edu to participate or for more information. The principal investigator is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB-2023-1071.

  

Research study for breast cancer survivors and their partners

Purdue researchers are looking for breast cancer survivors and their romantic partners to complete a study exploring how relationships and stress affect couples' health during survivorship. The study is looking for couples who live together and who have completed breast cancer treatment. Researchers are interested in relationships that are going well and those that are experiencing difficulties.

Participants may be compensated up to $300 as a couple for their time. This study has multiple ways to participate, depending on interests and availability. Participation could involve an online survey followed by a seven-day diary study with short questionnaires on a mobile app; completing one study visit as a couple (three hours) at Purdue; and/or wearing a heart rate monitor and collecting blood samples from the convenience of home.

Click this link to fill out the screening questionnaire. For more information, email RelationshipsAndHealthLab@Purdue.edu, call 812-518-9498, or visit the study website. The principal investigator is Rosie Shrout, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. IRB No. IRB-2022-538.

 

Healthy adult research participants needed for language study

Principal investigator Jiyeon Lee, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, is seeking participants for a language study for healthy adults.

The study will be up to 12 sessions, and each session lasts approximately two hours. Testing will be conducted at Lyles-Porter Hall. To be eligible, individuals should be 40-85 years old, be a native speaker of English and have general good health. If eligible, participation will be compensated and free parking is available.

For more information, contact aphasia@purdue.edu, call 765-496-0216, or visit the Aphasia Research Laboratory website. IRB-2021-659.

 

Individuals with aphasia needed for study

The Purdue Aphasia lab invites people with aphasia to participate in a new NIH-funded training study. Participation will help researchers to better understand language recovery in aphasia, in hopes to develop new language treatments.

To be eligible, individuals should have aphasia as a result of a stroke, have no history of other neurological conditions (dementia, Parkinson’s disease, etc.) and be a native speaker of English. Eligibility for this training study will be determined after the initial language evaluation.

Studies will be conducted at Lyles-Porter Hall, at the Indianapolis lab site or virtually via Zoom. Participants, if eligible, will be compensated $20 per session, and free garage parking is provided.

The principal investigator is Jiyeon Lee, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. For more information, contact aphasia@purdue.edu, call 765-496-0216, or visit the Aphasia Research Laboratory website. IRB-2021-659.

  

Study on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and mindfulness activity on cognition

Young adults ages 18-30 are needed to participate in a research study on how cognitive changes occur as a result of HIIT and mindfulness activity. 

Participants will be compensated $45 total for completing the study. Participation requires one visit to the Lambert Fieldhouse. The visit may last 2.5-3 hours, involving questionnaires, computer games, interval exercise and assessment of brain activation (i.e., electroencephalogram [EEG]).

For more information, contact the Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health Lab at panchlaboratory@purdue.edu in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Professor Shih-Chun Kao in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is the principal investigator. IRB-2022-1416.

 

Studies looking for Asian and multiracial individuals and families

Researcher in the Antiracism, Resistance, Identity, Socialization, and Equity (ARISE) Lab study how talking about race, ethnicity and culture impacts identity development and mental health.

Researchers are recruiting:

  • Multiracial/biracial/mixed race youth and adults.
  • Parents of multiracial youth.
  • Asian American youth and adults.

By filling out this short 1–3-minute survey, individuals can be added to the lab’s email list. They will have the option to sign up for newsletters that will share resources, an advice column and fun features like pop culture news and recipes from their community that are family-friendly. Individuals can also sign up for the lab’s participant pool to receive invitations to ongoing studies.

Participation in studies would involve tasks such as completing brief and potentially compensated anonymous surveys or interviews to share personal experiences and perspectives so researchers can learn more about multiracial and Asian American youth and families.

Questions can be directed to Annabelle Atkin, principal investigator and assistant professor of human development and family science, at ariselab123@gmail.com. IRB-2023-249.

  

How children think and feel during and after exercise 

Children ages 8-10 are needed for a research study on how children think and feel during and after exercise.

Participation in this study requires two visits on separate days to the Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health (PANCH) Laboratory in Lambert Fieldhouse. The first visit may last approximately three hours and involve computer games and a fitness test. The second visit may last about three hours and involve health-related and demographic questionnaires, two sessions of 20-minute aerobic exercise, and recoding of brain waves using techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG). Participation in this study will be compensated by a maximum total of $100.

Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. To participate or for more information, email panchlaboratory@purdue.edu or call 765-496-7781. IRB-2021-955.


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