January 27, 2023

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

 

Study on how the brain combines sight and sound (boys and girls ages 8-12)

Boys and girls ages 8-12 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.

Natalya Kaganovich, associate professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences and psychological sciences, is studying how the brain’s ability to combine auditory and visual information develops in childhood and how it may be impaired in speech/language disorders.

Children will participate in up to eight research sessions. Each session will last one and one-half to two 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 collected while they are doing different tasks. 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 8-12 years old; typically developing; 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 not currently on medications that may affect brain activity (e.g., medications to control ADHD, seizures or 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. Evening and weekend sessions are available, if needed.

To participate or for more information, contact Jennifer Schumaker at jschumak@purdue.edu or 765-494-4445. IRB#: 0909008484.

 

Study on how the brain combines sight and sound (adults ages 18-40)

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, individuals must be ages 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 for more information, contact Jennifer Schumaker at jschumak@purdue.edu or 765-494-4445. IRB#: 0909008484.

 

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.

 

Study on pilots and energy management in general aviation airplanes

Researchers are looking to understand pilot perception, interpretation and airplane control for energy management in general aviation airplanes. Participants will fly a flight training device and will be asked questions after for an interview.

Participants will come to a Niswonger simulator lab at the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology. The experiment is no more than 30-40 minutes and will be scheduled Jan. 23-27.

 Participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Hold a private pilot license.
  • Be a student at Purdue University’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology.
  • Have not participated in Project 5: Safety Analysis for General Aviation (SAGA) Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability (PEGASAS) study from Fall 2021.

Interested participants should email Alex Kemp at kemp27@purdue.edu. IRB # 2022-1190.

 

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.

 

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 eight 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, individuals will be paid $20 per session 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 or the Indianapolis lab site. 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 workplace incivility and identity

Researchers are looking for men and women who would like to volunteer for a research study that will look at individual’s experiences with workplace incivility. Specifically, this study explores how targets’ multiple identities (i.e., age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, race) relate to their experiences with workplace incivility.

Workplace incivility encompasses destructive workplace behaviors that show a lack of regard for others, including but not limited to, rudeness, exclusion, shaming, micro-aggressions, bullying, sexual harassment, aggression and workplace violence.

Participants will share their experiences during an interview that will be audio-recorded and last for approximately one hour (in-person, virtual or via telephone). Interested participants will be over 18 years old and have experienced workplace incivility in a professional workplace setting.

Individuals interested in participating in this study should email principal investigator Jennifer Linvill, assistant professor of technology leadership and innovation, at jlinvill@purdue.edu for more information. IRB#: 1801020057.

 

Staying through the Great Resignation: Structuration of positive communication experiences

Researchers are looking for individuals who would like to volunteer for a research study that will explore individuals’ work experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals are being asked to participate in this study based on their experiences working with the same organization prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., prior to January 2020) and having remained with that organization throughout the pandemic.

This research will explore why individuals stayed with their organizations, how they experienced shifts in work modalities during the COVID-19 pandemic and how these shifts influenced interactions with colleagues, work/life balance and collaboration. This study seeks to enroll 50 people.

Participants will voluntarily share their experiences during a virtual Zoom interview that will be audio-recorded and last for approximately one hour. No compensation will be provided for participation in this research.

Interested participants will be over 18 years old and must have held a position with the same organization prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., prior to January 2020) and have remained with that organization throughout the pandemic.

If you are interested in participating in this study, email principal investigator Jennifer Linvill, assistant professor of technology leadership and innovation, at jlinvill@purdue.edu for more information. IRB-2023-9.

 

Study on probiotics and lactose intolerance symptoms

The Department of Nutrition Science is conducting a study to see how probiotics impact lactose intolerance symptoms.

Participants must be healthy, nonsmoking, ages 18-65, and not allergic to milk but believe they are lactose intolerant. Other criteria for study participation apply.

This study will consist of a screening day and two testing days approximately 14 days apart. Participants will be required to come to Stone Hall for approximately two consecutive hours on the screening day and eight hours for each testing day.  Participants also will be asked to track any symptoms related to lactose intolerance for two weeks following their last testing day. Participants will receive up to $200 for completing the study.

The principal investigator is Dennis Savaiano, the Virginia C. Meredith Professor of Nutrition Policy. Those interested in participating should contact Anne Wilcox at akwilcox@purdue.edu. IRB# 2021-1099.

 

Measuring characteristics of casual speech

Researchers are seeking up to 40 participants for a study of casual speech characteristics. Participants will be recorded speaking casually for about two minutes in a single session lasting no more than 30 minutes.

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Adults ages 18-25 years.
  • Fluent speaker of a North American dialect of English.
  • Able to speak comfortably for about two minutes.

Participants will be excluded if they:

  • Have smoked or vaped in the past five years.
  • Were diagnosed with speech, respiratory or voice disorders, bipolar disorder or depression.
  • Have a current upper airway respiratory infection.
  • Have engaged in phonotraumatic behaviors (yelling, screaming, loud singing, etc.) in the past 24 hours.

Participants will be compensated with $8 at the end of the session. The principal investigator is Alexander Francis, professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

For more information or to arrange a time to participate, contact Emily Clark at clark741@purdue.edu. IRB-2022-350. 

 

Resistance exercise and cognition study

Young adults ages 30-50 are needed to participate in a research study on how resistance exercise affects thinking and brain function. 

Participants will be compensated $50-$60 total for completing the study.

To qualify, individuals must exercise on average 2+ times a week over the past 12 months, speak English, be physically capable of exercise and not take medication that affects cognitive function (anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety or ADHD).

Participants will visit the lab in Lambert Fieldhouse on two separate days. The first visit is about two hours, involving demographic questionnaires, computer games, one rep max muscle strength testing, a VO2 max and a body composition scan. The second visit is two and a half to three hours, involving computer games, recoding of brain waves using electroencephalogram (EEG) and a resistance exercise or rest session. Some subjects may also complete two 4-milliliter blood draws on the second day for an additional $10.

For more information, contact Nick Baumgartner at panchlaboratory@purdue.edu or go to the lab website. Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB-2022-307.

  

Vitamin D-enriched mushroom nutrition study

This research study is assessing the effects of including vitamin D-enriched mushrooms as a part of participants' usual eating patterns on measures of immune function, inflammatory status and vitamin D status.

The study seeks men and women who are willing to consume vitamin D-enriched mushrooms or portioned, dried study powder for 12 weeks. Vitamin D-enriched mushrooms will be provided. Participants are required to attend six study visits at the research site over approximately a four-month period. Participants will be compensated $200 for participating in this study.

Interested participants should be age 30 to 69 years of age, in general good health, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. Other criteria for study participation apply. Individuals interested in participating in this study should email Luz Comboni at lcomboni@purdue.edu and mention the “Vitamin D-Enriched Mushroom Study.”

Researchers adhere to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB-2022-750.

 

Home-based leg heat therapy in elderly individuals

Men and women ages 65 and older are needed for a research study on the effects of home-based leg heat therapy on walking tolerance and leg strength.

Leg heat therapy is the application of heat to the legs using water-circulating pants connected to a pump. Participants will be asked to apply the therapy (90 minutes daily, seven days per week) at home for 12 weeks. A series of exams will be performed before and at the end of the treatment. Participants will receive $300 for completing the study.

Participants must be:

  • Age 65 or older.
  • Sedentary (exercise less than three days per week, 20 minutes per day).
  • Nonsmokers.

If interested in participating, call 765-496-2612 or e-mail brosegui@purdue.edu. The principal investigator is Bruno Roseguini, associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. IRB-2022-381.

  

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 a research study 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 recording of brain waves using techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG).

Participation in this study will be compensated to a maximum total of $80. Individuals interested in this research or who have any questions should email panchlaboratory@purdue.edu. Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB-2020-123.

 

The Your View Study

For this 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 also be asked to fill out questionnaires online. Families will be compensated with a $60 Amazon gift card for their time.

Researchers are looking for families with children ages 2-5 years who:

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

For more information, email maclab@purdue.edu. The principal investigator is Carolyn McCormick, assistant professor of human development and family studies. IRB #: 2021-1114.

 

Almonds and diabetes risk study

Men and women ages 18-70 are needed by the Purdue Department of Nutrition Science to study the effect of almonds on long-term blood sugar control. Partial eligibility includes having high blood sugar levels and no allergy to almonds. Participants can earn up to $600 in 16 weeks.

A pre-screening survey is online for those interested in participating.

The principal investigator is Richard Mattes, distinguished professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. For more information, contact Jasmine Huang at huan1472@purdue.edu. IRB-2021-1008.

  

Sparkling water study

The Saliva, Perception, Ingestion, and Tongues Lab in the Department of Nutrition Science is recruiting participants for its sparkling water study. In this experiment, researchers will give participants flavored, unsweetened sparkling waters to drink for two weeks. During those weeks, they will have three taste tests with some sodas and sparkling water products. Participants will be asked questions about their beverage consumption at the beginning, middle and end of the tests. Researchers also will follow up with participants about their beverage consumption two weeks after the experiment is over.

To be eligible for the study, individuals must:

  • Be between 18 to 45 years old.
  • Consume a minimum amount of sugar-sweetened sodas on a regular basis.
  • Be willing to drink unsweetened, flavored sparkling waters.
  • Not be dieting/changing their diet and agree to maintain their current diet for at least days one through 15 of the study.
  • Willing to complete all study activities.
  • Have access to a computer, phone or smart device with internet to access the online sensory tests and survey.

If any of the criteria below apply, individuals cannot participate in the study:

  • Are under the care of a medical professional or taking medication for prediabetes, Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.
  • Are dieting or attempting to lose weight.
  • Have food allergies or dietary restrictions for any of the ingredients included in the study.

Individuals can earn up to $30 in Amazon gift cards for their participation. Those interested in participating in the study should take the screening survey. For more information, email Vinnie Valicente at vvalicen@purdue.edu. IRB-2022-164. 

 

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.

 

Word learning study for preschool children

Researchers are seeking children to participate in a study of word learning. Children ages 4-5½ years old (48 months to 65 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 in Lyles-Porter Hall. Researchers strictly adhere to all guidelines for PPE (personal protective equipment) and cleaning outlined in the Protect Purdue guidelines to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The principal investigator is Laurence Leonard, the Rachel E. Stark Distinguished Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

For more information, contact Pat Deevy at 765-496-1821 or deevy@purdue.edu, or visit the Child Language Research Laboratory webpage. IRB#: 1603017480.

 

MEAL-DM study

The purposes of this study are testing the Monitoring Eating And Lifestyle for Diabetes Management (MEAL-DM) app, which was created to record the foods someone eats or beverages someone drinks in a day, and then completing traditional online dietary surveys asking about meals and snacks that participants ate and drank over the same period of time that participants completed the MEAL-DM.

Participants must be 18-65 years old, use insulin and be fluent in English. Participants may become more aware of their diet and overall health, and develop healthy eating habits. The study will take around a week to complete, and participants will receive up to a $40 gift card for compensation.

The research study will be conducted at the participants’ preferred locations. To see if you are eligible for this study, take the screening survey or contact Yue Qin at qin53@purdue.edu. The principal investigator is Heather Eicher-Miller, associate professor of nutrition science. IRB-2021-1734.

  

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 25 to 69, overweight, nonsmokers and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Harrison Cottingham at hcotting@purdue.edu and mention the “U.S. 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 the Protect Purdue website.

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


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