[Purdue] 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 $80 per person, combining cash and Amazon gift cards).

Eligibility is determined by taking a short online 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.

Memory study

The Purdue Applied Cognition Lab is looking for volunteers to participate in a cognitive study related to different components of memory.

Participants will be asked to complete various memory and attention tasks either on computer or with paper and pencil during a one-hour visit to the lab. Participants will be paid $10 for completing the study.

Men and women ages 18-30 who are native English speakers and who have normal or corrected-to-normal vision (contacts only, no glasses) are eligible to participate.

Individuals interested in participating should contact redicklab@gmail.com. IRB#: 1311014187.

Bioavailability of magnesium chloride from a liquid supplement and a traditional salt

Nana Gletsu-Miller, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Science, and her research team are recruiting volunteers to compare the absorption of over-the-counter magnesium supplements. Participants will come to three clinic visits (10 hours per visit) at Purdue. Blood will be taken for measurement of magnesium status and dietary intake of magnesium will be measured.

Men and women ages 18 to 65 with a body mass index within 18-35 kg/m2 and who are in good health are eligible.  Compensation is up to $330 for completion of the study.

To participate, contact Sarah Butts at NITOlab@purdue.edu or 765-494-1860. IRB#: 1802020279.

Speech and language study

Researchers are currently recruiting individuals to participate in a speech and language study.

Participants will be asked to listen to several six- to 10-minute stories from Moth Radio Hour while in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner. The entire visit will last up to two hours, and participants may rest in between MRI sessions. Participants also may need to answer questionnaires regarding the story contents.

To participate, individuals must be 18-50 years old, in good health, with normal hearing and native English speakers. They cannot have, or have had, a medical or psychiatric condition; have metallic implants and prosthesis; have claustrophobia; or be pregnant. Participants will be compensated $20 an hour.

Those interested in participating in the study should contact Yizhen Zhang at zhan2251@purdue.edu or 765-532-4979, or Zhongming Liu at zmliu@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1407015060.

Nutrition and tendon health research study

Purdue researchers in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are seeking men and women ages 21-35 to participate in a study evaluating the effect of protein and exercise on tendon.

Participants should be in good physical health (nonsmokers, not diabetic, and not obese).

For more information, contact Peter Ferrandi at pferrand@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1704019133.

Study evaluating role of exercise in development of tendon pain

Purdue researchers in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are seeking men and women ages 21-60 to participate in a study evaluating the role of exercise in the development of tendon pain.

Researchers are seeking participants with diagnosed Achilles tendinosis/tendinitis with current pain in one Achilles tendon.

Participants should be in good physical health, nonsmokers and nondiabetic.

For more information, contact Shivam Patel at patel713@purdue.edu. IRB#:1610018353.

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 researchers 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 in Lambert Hall. 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 (23.5 to 24.5 months). Children will receive a Motor Development Lab T-shirt, and parents will receive $5 for travel costs.

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

Research project investigating the relationship between cognitive and motor abilities in 2-year-olds

Children ages 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. The researchers hope that the findings from this research will 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.

The parent and child will visit the Life-Span Motor Development Lab at Purdue for a 1-hour-and-15-minute session. The child will be asked to complete a few cognitive games (using memory and problem-solving skills) and a few motor skills games (using fine motor skills and balance abilities). For example, for one of the cognitive games, the child will be asked to sort objects based on their size. For one of the motor games, the child will be asked to build a tower out of blocks, and for another, the child will stand on a device that measures balance abilities. In addition, parents will complete two questionnaires during the test session. The child will receive a small gift as a token appreciation, and parents will receive $5 for completing the questionnaires.

To participate or for more information, contact Laura Claxton, associate professor of health and kinesiology, at 765-496-2293 or ljclaxton@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1703018889.

Maternal Context of Pregnancy Project

Women in the first trimester of pregnancy are needed 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.

Participation includes one online questionnaire and hair sample (to assess levels of hormones related to stress and pregnancy) once per trimester (at about 12, 26 and 38 weeks pregnant), and an online questionnaire and cheek swabs from mother and baby at six months postpartum. Around the time of delivery, with the help of participants’ hospital, birth center or midwife, a small sample of blood from the mother and some samples of the placenta will be collected to examine changes in gene expression related to different kinds of experiences during pregnancy.

Participants are compensated $25 per assessment (a total of $100 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.

Gambling study

Researchers at Purdue are recruiting men and women who gamble as participants for a study examining a range of behaviors and personality characteristics.

Participation will include one in-person assessment lasting approximately 1-1.5 hours and a one-week period during which participants will complete six short (about 3 minutes each) assessments each day via their iPhone or Android phone. Participants will be compensated up to $65 upon completing the one-week follow-up period.

For more information or to participate, contact Kate Collison at lynamlab@gmail.com. IRB#: 1503015876.

Study of couples’ paired walking

Couples age 50 and older who are in a committed relationship may be eligible to participate in a research study being conducted at Purdue. The purpose of the study is to examine married partners when they walk together vs. alone. This study requires the participation of both partners in a committed relationship.

Each partner will receive $25 for completion of this study.

For more information, email walk@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1804020459.

Sodium and fat quantification by MRI

This study aims to test and optimize a novel noninvasive method to quantify muscle sodium concentration and fat content by using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Sodium and fat levels in skeletal muscle can be used as a marker of several common diseases. Researchers aim to develop a method to quantify these levels accurately and noninvasively. Since sodium and fat levels are age-related, volunteers covering a wide range of age are needed for this development.

The researchers are looking for healthy boys and girls age 10-17. The researcher will take several MRI images of the left calf of the participant. Participants will be asked to come for one MRI exam, which takes about one hour. After the participants finish the one-time participation, they will receive $20 and their MRI images.

Those interested in participating or who would like more information should contact Ahmad Alhulail at aalhulai@purdue.edu or 765-494-0408.

The principal investigator is Ulrike Dydak, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences. IRB#: 1102010525.

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.

Swallowing and speech study for children with cerebral palsy

The I-EaT (Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment of Swallowing) Lab under the direction of Georgia Malandraki is looking for children age 7-12 with hemiplegic (unilateral) cerebral palsy to participate in a study with the overall goal of designing better treatments for speech and swallowing difficulties.

Participants will receive speech, language and hearing testing, EMG recordings of muscle activity, and a free MRI of the brain.  All activities are child-friendly and can be completed in one, two, or three testing sessions, depending on parent preferences.   Families of eligible children will receive $80 at the conclusion of testing.

Testing sessions are conducted in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in Lyles Porter Hall and in the Purdue MRI facility, and can be scheduled at times convenient for participants and families. For more information, contact Barbara Brown at 765-496-6403 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1410015417.

Weight loss and protein quantity on sleep quality

Researchers are looking for men and women who would like to volunteer for a weight loss research study that will look at how protein intake influences changes in sleep quality.

For this 14-week study, volunteers will come to the Purdue Clinical Research Center for four one-hour testing days. Testing days will include measures of body composition, clinical health measures and sleep quality. During the study, all foods will be provided. Participants will receive $400 for completing the study.

Interested subjects should be age 35 to 65, overweight, in general good health, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in this study should contact Josh Hudson at hudson67@purdue.edu or Jan Green at 765-494-7660 for more information. Reference the “protein and sleep study” when responding.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: 1701018623. 

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 20-30 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 Ravi Krishnan at rkrish@purdue.edu. IRB#: 0506002731.

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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